Energy ratings on laundry explained!
Many journalists have asked us to explain about the energy rating system on laundry appliances. With some models being referred to as A-40% , for example, in communication materials, and others as A or A+, there does seem to be some confusion. In addition the EU is shortly launching a new energy label with A+, A++, A+++. We will try here to shed some light on the matter.
Firstly it should be pointed out that the actual Energy Label on laundry and dishwashers has not yet changed and you will still see only A and below on the actual energy label that should be on the appliance in the shops. For COLD products A+ and A++ are already used on the energy labels (since 2003). It is not possible to have A-10% on the energy label itself. Only information given in communication material like brochures, web sites and point of sale cards that can display more about a laundry product’s energy rating.
New EU energy labels are on the way. Sometime between December 2010 to February 2011 a new energy label will start for washing machines, dishwashers and cold products. The graphical design on the new labels will be different from today’s label e.g. there will be no language on the label, but only pictograms. The new EU energy labels will add A+, A++ and A+++ for washing machines and dishwashers. For COLD products A+++ is added (for COLD products A+ and A++ already existed since 2003). For ovens and tumble driers the new labels will start by end 2011 or during 2012.
Many of you are already familiar with A+ and A++ ratings from the COLD products. As many washing machines and tumble dryers already outperform the top energy rating A of the current EU energy label, some but not all manufacturers, have started to provide ratings such as A-10%, A-20%, etc. in brochures, on web sites etc.
When the new EU energy labels starts at the end 2010/early 2011, the A-X% communication will no longer be necessary as the appliances can be officially rated A+, A++, A+++ according to the energy label. However for tumble dryers and ovens we will, most likely, continue to see the A-X% communication in the sales material until the EU energy label has been updated also for tumble dryers and ovens.Notes: It should be pointed out that A-10% is not exactly equal to A+, A-20% not to A++, etc, as the definitions and measurements standards change when the new EU label is introduced.
Q and A:
Q- So how does the old compare with the new?
• Old rating A-G for all appliances except A++ to G for COLD products
• New EU energy label A+, A++, A+++
• Intermediate marketing communication A-10%, A-20%, etc
The new EU energy label that will be launched by around end 2010/early 2011 for washing machines, dishwashers and cold products is a way of identifying products which have a much higher energy efficiency than A class. For other products, and before the launch of the new EU energy labels, some manufacturers are using A-10%, A-20% in their marketing material . It means the product has a x% better energy efficiency compared to the entry level energy efficiency of A. Some of the manufacturers, including Electrolux, now have extremely energy efficient washing machines and tumble dryers (40%, 50% better compared to the entry level energy efficiency of class A) and they want to communicate the superior energy efficiency of these products to the customers before the new EU energy labels will enter into effect.
Q – Will we still see A+, A++, A+++?
Yes. A new EU energy label will start from end 2010/2011 for dishwashers, washing machines and cold products that will use A+, A++, A+++. Ratings such as A-10% are provided by some manufacturers before the new EU energy labels start. Some other manufacturers may have already chosen to show a A+ and A++ energy rating in their communication material before the new EU energy labels start.
Q – How do they compare to the A – G rating we are used to
These are essentially for products which perform significantly better compared to the A energy efficiency classification. In a way it is an extension of the A-G rating that currently exists and doesn’t replace it.
Q – Why only Laundry
It is not only on laundry, however you are most likely to see the intermediate A-10%, A-20% type of communication on washing machines and tumble driers as these appliances have developed the furthest from the current class A.
For more information these two web sites are useful:
European Commision: Energy Labelling
CECED: New Energy Label