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Kitchen Appliance EU Energy Ratings:

Always look out for these labels. Energy Saving logo

If you want to save money on your electricity bill then make sure you buy an energy efficient product.

• The EU energy label which was introduced in 1992, rates products from 'A' (the most efficient/least energy used), down to 'G' (the least efficient/most energy used).

• Any '+' sign given after 'A' makes the appliance even more efficient.

• A new EU energy label will start from June 20th 2011. Dishwashers, washing machines and refrigeration will use -   A+        A++        A+++

Additionally the label will show the amount of energy that the product uses in an hour (kWh).

This will cover the A-10% and A-20% being used at present by some manufacturers in their brochures or on websites, showing they have 'x' percent better energy efficiency compared to the EU entry level 'A'.

The new EU energy labels will add A+, A++, A+++, for washing machines and dishwashers. For refrigeration A+++ is added.

For ovens and tumble driers the new labels will not be out until the end of 2011 or during 2012 so other confusing signs will be used by manufacturers up to then.

Warning: A-10% is not the same as A+ or A-20% as A++ as the definitions and measurements standards will also change when the new EU label is introduced.

As usual it is all very confusing and even with the new changes remains so - as with all things from the EU.

Some manufacturers have already 40 to 50% more efficient appliances 'ready-to-go' from the factory, so are moving ahead quicker than the EU energy label can keep up!

By law, the label must be shown on all refrigeration and laundry appliances, dishwashers, electric ovens and lightbulb packaging.

Energy tip on saving money

The most efficient products also carry the energy saving recommended logo shown above right.

The energy ratings:

The more energy efficient an appliance is, the more money you can save - and the more you help the environment. By buying a more efficient model, you′re not compromising when it comes to performance either.

Energy consumption and running costs:

This shows how much electricity is used under standard operating conditions, measured in kWh / year "kilowatt hours" for refrigeration or kWh/cycle for washing and other appliances.

You can work out the average annual running cost and saving by multiplying the KWh consumption figure by 9p (which is the average unit price of UK electricity) - your actual savings will depend upon the exact consumption figure.

Performance in other areas:

Laundry and dishwashing labels also have ratings for washing, spin and / or drying performance. The A-G indicators here are similar to the main efficiency ratings, and are based on standard industry testing - the test cycle used is on the label. ("A" rating being the best).


Some models will also include information on the noise of the product. The lower number shown here the less noise the appliance emits.

Energy tip on saving money

For more tips & information on Appliance Energy Ratings, please visit this site run by the Energy Saving Advice Centre.

Here at Dream Kitchens our experienced designers can help you make the right choice for both you and your home.

Please contact us for further info.

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