EU Energy Labels were created to help consumers understand the energy-efficiency of appliances. When shopping for a new appliance, consumers could easily identify which products use less energy and produce less CO2 – these are two factors that could help them reduce their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint**.
EU Energy Labels grade appliances with letters 'A' to 'G' and a colour gradient that goes from green to red. The most energy-efficient products are dark green and ‘A+++’ rated, whilst the least efficient appliances are dark red in colour and rated ‘F’ or ‘G’. Find out more about the regulations change here.
Which appliances come with EU energy labels?
EU law regulates appliances to ensure that products used by consumers maintain both effective and efficient standards of operation for both financial and environmental benefit. This means that homes fitted with the newest and most advanced appliances could enable homeowners to save money in the long run as well as potentially reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions**.
It’s the law that the EU Energy Label should appear on the following products:
- Boilers (MEES requirements state that all boilers need to be at A-rated for efficiency)
- Washing machines
- Tumble dryers
- Fridges and freezers
- Electric ovens
- Vacuum cleaners
- Light bulbs
Boilers and energy efficiency
As of April 2018, the minimum overall energy-efficiency rating for households in the private rented sector is ‘E’, which means that it is now illegal for landlords to let their properties if they don’t meet this criterion. Upgrading your boiler with a newer and more energy-efficient system could help to boost your property’s efficiency rating. New boilers tend to be more efficient than the older versions that have been on the market. Developments in technology have meant that boilers are becoming easier to control and less likely to waste energy excessively, a new, A-rated boiler could therefore be both cost-effective and efficient. Click here to see our range.
What else does the EU Energy Label say?
In addition to the efficiency of a product, EU Energy Labels may also display other statistics related to a product’s performance. These include things like washing cycle performance, noise levels, size and water consumption; these figures are generally measured differently for every type of appliance.
When it comes to boilers, the regulation labels state the efficiency for both the heating and hot-water output to make it easier to understand what you’re getting. In addition to giving an indicator of minimum nitrogen oxide emissions, the labels will also typically state how effective the boiler is at providing the essentials for your home’s central heating system, in line with EU law. If your system is old and falls below the minimum requirements, it could be worth considering a replacement.
Contact us today to discuss getting a new boiler installed into your home, or if you’d like to learn more about how getting a new heating system installed could help to boost your home’s energy-efficiency and maximise savings**.
** Source: energysavingtrust.org.uk. Saving calculated when replacing G-rated with A-rated boiler in a semi-detached house.