The label's main purpose is to help you make an informed decision about buying an appliance.
If you're shopping around for a new dishwasher, fridge, washing machine or even an oven, you might have noticed a colourful diagram stuck on the front of it.
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This diagram is known as an EU Energy Label and it's designed to enable you to make an informed decision about buying an appliance, based on how much energy it uses.
How to recognise a European Energy Label.
New EU Energy Labels rate appliances on a scale: dark green (from A+ to A+++) means that a product is highly energy-efficient, while red (F and G) means that a product is not very energy-efficient.
You will see an arrow pointing at the band. The arrow will say how energy-efficient the product is. For the most efficient product, look for products that have arrows pointing at the darkest green band.
Other performance statistics
The label will also show other statistics in terms of the product's performance. This might include, for example, washing performance, noise levels, water consumption per cycle and capacity, depending on the type of appliance.
Kilowatts per hour (kWh)
The kWh number tells you how much energy the product uses in an hour. The lower this number is, the lower your fuel costs will be per hour of use.
Which appliances should have energy labels?
By law, the EU Energy Label should appear on these products:
washing machines and dryers
televisions (from December 2011)
fridges and freezers.
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