The New Energy Labels: What You Need to Know

New energy labels

The energy label has been helping consumers search for energy efficient products for more than 25 years and it is finally getting an upgrade. A crucial part of the shopping process for many customers, it not only helps you pick the right product for your household but also encourages manufacturers to develop more innovative and energy efficient products.

As technology has developed, the environment has become a larger concern and there is now a much higher demand for environmentally friendly appliances. After all, this not only helps you save money but also helps you reduce your carbon footprint. Manufacturers now take this into higher consideration when designing their products. As a result, the current energy label which ranges from A+++ to G has become less effective. These days the majority of products available are rated in the top two or three classes (A+ to A+++), making it difficult to identify the most efficient products.

To resolve this issue, and to help ensure that buyers can find the right home appliance for their needs, the energy label has been upgraded! The new energy labels, which will appear in shops and online from March 2021, will feature a new, simpler range: A to G.

New features

The new label aims to give consumers all of the vital information they need to make the right purchase the first time around. Featuring several improvements, it is hoped that it will now be easier to compare and research products, making the buying process as simple and effortless as possible.

  • all products will feature the new scale of efficiency (from A to G)
  • a QR code on the label enables you to access key information in seconds using a smart device
  • some icons representing the main product features have been adapted, while new ones will also be added for extra detail (for example, the spinning efficiency class of a washing machine)
  • the energy consumption of the appliance is now more prominent on the label
A comparison of the new and old energy labels.

Which products are affected?

Although the new energy labels will officially be introduced from the 1st of March 2021, there will be a transition period where two labels (both the old and the new) may be included. This ensures that each product is covered by the current regulations. It should be noted that the new energy labels will be rolled out gradually and will first appear in shops and online for the following appliances:

  • household refrigerators and freezers
  • wine storage refrigerators
  • washing machines
  • washer-dryers
  • dishwashers
  • televisions and electronic displays

For other products, such as air conditioners, tumble dryers, vacuum cleaners and water heaters, the new labels will be introduced as soon as new or revised UK regulations come into force, which is currently expected to be in 2022.

The labels for the first six product groups (listed above) feature new, useful information specific to each product type, and new imagery on the label to represent this. You can view examples of the new labels and how they differ here.