What is the new energy label ?

What is the new energy label ?

The energy label is a tool that has been around since 1992. 
It is an important tool that allows consumers to better understand and compare the efficiency of household appliances.

Five product types will have a new, revised and updated energy label: refrigerators, including wine storage appliances, dishwashers, washing machines and washer dryers, electronic displays, TV and monitor, and lighting sources.

The new labeling will be applied to four groups of appliances starting from March 1, 2021, while the LED lights will be in effect by September 1, 2021. 

Depending on the product, the new label will show electrical consumption and, unlike the previous one, also other useful information relating to energy and more, through intuitive pictograms and thanks to a new innovative element, a QR code.


New label features

The main elements of the new label are:

  • QR code: the addition of the QR code allows consumers to obtain further information on the appliance simply by scanning it with their smartphone;
  • New energy scale: from A to G, with no more '+' classes;
  • Energy consumption: it is specific for each product. Refrigerators report annual consumption; dishwashers, washing machines and dryers report consumption for 100 cycles; the consumption of screens and light bulbs refers to 1000 hours of use;
  • Pictograms: indicate the performance and characteristics of the product. Depending on the device, the number and type of pictograms may vary.

 

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 847043.