Energy Efficiency Ratings | Appliance EPCs Explained
Energy Efficiency Ratings
With a high demand for sustainable appliances that are cheaper to run, brands began breaking through the previously set standards – finding more ways for products to be energy efficient. In 2010, the grading system expanded, introducing ratings of A+, A++ and even A+++.
These new ratings blurred the lines between gradings and made it harder for buyers to assess an appliances’ true energy efficiency.
Today’s scale has been reverted to a simpler system, with appliances awarded a rating between A and G.
This means some products that previously rated highly, falling within the A+ categories, have shifted down the scale. This does not mean they have decreased in efficiency.
This new, simpler scale makes it easier for buyers to detect energy efficiency. It also encourages brands to produce products that are even more energy efficient. You can now find the latest energy rating labels on all new appliances and bulbs.
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Why has the energy label changed?
With 'A' being associated with a good rating by consumers, the addition of A+, A++ and A+++ ratings made the old system less transparent as products moved up the scale due to improvement in product efficiency. The revised A-G system has reset the scale, making it easier to understand, as well as incentivising manufacturers to product even more efficient products.
What has changed on the new label?
The scale is now between A-G, with no extensions to A+ classes anymore. The label will also feature the Union flag as opposed to the EU version post-Brexit. Some new icons have been added, and older ones adapted, to provide a more transparent insight into the products.
Which product categories are changing?
Lighting, Fridges/Freezers, Washing Machines, Washer-Dryers, Dishwashers and Wine Storage are now on the new rating system. Changes to further product categories will occur in 2026, this will include Tumble Dryers, Range Cookers and Hoods.
What do we mean by energy efficient?
If an appliance is deemed energy efficient, it operates effectively using less energy. An energy-efficient appliance saves you money and helps you live sustainably. The formula to calculate energy efficiency considers how much power an appliance uses and produces. This means we look for the product that uses the least energy to provide the right amount of power.
How do energy ratings affect your appliances?
As your appliances are fit for different purposes, their energy efficiency is assessed differently.