New Energy Labels
Energy efficiency is important, both for our planet and the protection and preservation of its resources, as well as for every household and individual. As of January 03, 2021, the regulation was made on the classification and labeling of energy classes of appliances and introduced new energy labels in order to better label appliances and keep pace with technological progress.
Since by using energy-efficient appliances will not only contribute to the preservation of the environment, but will also allow for significant savings, primarily on your electricity bill. It’s important to know what the marks on the new energy labels mean and how to make a decision when choosing a device. In this article, we will provide all the necessary explanations and guidelines on how to choose a device that will meet your criteria and achieve the greatest savings.
What Are Energy Labels?
Energy labels are an important source of information for consumers and allow you to make a well-informed decision when purchasing a particular appliance. Without energy labels, it's possible that you would not see the justification for higher prices of certain products compared to similar ones, which are in a lower energy class and consume more energy. The information found on energy labels is there to inform you about the amount of electricity or water that a specific appliance consumes for operation during a certain time or mode of operation, the level of noise that the device produces, as well as its volume or capacity, depending on the type of device.
Why Were the Regulations and Labeling of Energy-Efficient Appliances Changed?
Due to constant progress in technology of energy-efficient devices, the need for a new classification and new criteria for determining energy efficiency arose. Among the first devices to which the new energy labels were applied to were refrigerators, washers and dryers, dishwashers, TVs, as well as light bulbs. As time moves forward, more devices will be added to the list to introduce new and stricter standards to other categories as well.
The New Energy Labels Introduce a Classification That Goes from Class A to Class G.
Class A indicates devices that consume the least energy and have the least gas emissions. As the scale moves towards G, consumption increases. Therefore, devices marked with class G represent the least efficient according to the mentioned criteria and, consequently, the most unprofitable.
What are the Differences Between New and Old Energy Labels?
In relation to the energy labels that were in circulation before the adoption of the current regulation, the new energy labels differ in the following items:
- Marking of Energy Classes
The main difference is that the energy classes are labeled differently. According to the new rulebook, energy classes are marked only with Latin letters, from A to G, and not from A to D, and without pluses, as was the case in the previous classification. The reason for this labeling is the easier understanding of the differences between energy efficiency classes. Under the earlier classification, it was often unclear to users exactly what the difference was between an A++ and an A+++ class, for example.
- Criteria for Belonging to a Certain Class
The criteria used to determine which class a particular device belongs to have also changed. According to the new regulation, the device must meet stricter criteria in order to be marked as belonging to the A energy class, than was the case before. Therefore, it's not possible to simply translate the devices that are labeled according to the previously valid classification into new labels. It may even happen that a device that belonged to the A energy class, according to the new criteria, becomes C or D, for example. This ratio leaves a lot of space in the A energy class for future devices in order to further stimulate manufacturers to apply new technologies and introduce innovations that will improve the energy efficiency of appliances. At the same time, this will enable manufacturers to be classified in the A class and, therefore, be more competitive on the market, bringing consumers an excellent choice of devices that meet high criteria when it comes to energy saving.
What Information Can You Find On the New Energy Labels and What Does It Mean to You?
On the mentioned new energy labels, you will first find the energy class mark to which the device belongs, from A to G. This is an important item as, depending on the type of the device, the difference in consumption between A and G class can be up to 80%. As far as colors are concerned, they remain in the same range, so green is used to indicate the most energy-efficient devices, while red will continue to symbolize less efficient energy consumption. Important factors are the consumption of electricity and water expressed on an annual basis or for a certain number of washing cycles with certain programs, as well as the duration of the program itself for washing machines and dishwashers. Then, the capacity of the appliance is shown to correspond to its purpose and construction. The noise level is also highlighted, as well as the class to which the appliance belongs to according to the amount of noise it produces.
In order to be able to adequately assess which classification criteria the device is subject to, it's important to recognize which energy label it is.
How to Distinguish Between Old and New Energy Labels?
You will recognize the new energy labels by the QR code on the right, which you can scan to get information related to energy labels. You can also see the difference in the energy efficiency classes, which on the old stickers go from A+++ to D, and on the new ones from A to G. The symbols that show the volume of refrigerators and freezers are also different, and with washing machines on the new labels, you will find data on the consumption of electricity and water for 100 specific cycles instead of on an annual basis.
Depending on the devices, the energy label will differ. It's not the same for washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, and similar because each device has different characteristics that are highlighted on the label. Keep in mind that if you come across an appliance that has an old energy sticker on it, it's not faulty or incorrect. The classification and determination of the energy class of that appliance were done in accordance with the regulations and criteria that were applied at the time of its production and marketing.
The Importance of Energy Efficiency When Purchasing Appliances
Having energy-efficient appliances are one of the easiest and most logical steps toward reducing our negative impact on the environment, including significant savings that will have a positive impact on the household budget. By choosing more energy-efficient devices, you will contribute to saving electricity and water, reducing noise and protecting the environment. By choosing devices that are in a higher energy class, you will achieve an important step towards the goal of making your household more energy efficient.