When choosing your appliance, it is always important to know what energy rating is attached to it. This allows you to estimate how expensive it will be to run, as well as to inform you on how eco-friendly it is going to be.
As of 1st March 2021, the standard energy rating label has changed. This is to reflect the world's positive steps forward in energy efficiency and the improvements that have been made to appliances that ensure they are cheaper to run. This new system will be easier for the consumer to understand, enabling them to make a better informed decision on their purchase.
How are energy ratings changing?
The standard A+++ to D rating system has now changed to an A to G scale, which has been designed so that it is easier to understand.
The most energy efficient appliances that currently exist are likely to be classed as a few grades below (for example an A+ may now be a C), in order to give manufacturers scope to improve their energy ratings further as they continue to innovate new products. An old appliance, if re-tested, could potentially even drop from an A+++ to an F, if it fails to meet all of the new regulatory standards that have been created.
Will the energy label look different?
The energy label on your new appliance will look very similar to an old one, except that the energy rating scale will now be A to G. There will be a QR code in the corner of the label, where you will be able to find more information on the product.
You will also notice a new noise rating that ranges from A to D, which has been based on airborne acoustical noise emissions.
What appliances will this change relate to?
This new energy rating system will be seen on TVs and monitors, fridges and freezers, dishwashers, washing machines, washer dryers and wine coolers. More appliances will be added to the new energy ratings system in the future.
More than 60% of dishwashers that have been placed on the market have a rating of A+++ or A++, which means that it can be hard to differentiate between products to make an informed choice. The new rules will be much fairer in order to offer more realistic calculations for the consumer. For instance, a saving of up to £60 over the lifetime of the appliance could be made from using less electricity.
Over 55% of washing machines and dryers have had a rating of A+++, which with the new changes in place could save you an average of £130 in electricity during the lifespan of the appliance.