What are the energy ratings for appliances? Energy labels explained

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(Image credit: Quiet Mark (UK))

Last year the UK introduced new energy rating for appliances, replacing the consumption ratings introduced by the EU in 1995, to help consumers find appliances that use the least amount of energy.

The new energy label tosses out the confusing A+, A++ and A+++ ratings and replaces it with an A to G scale, with A being the most efficient product of its class, and G being the least efficient. This appliances to most kitchen appliances, like the best integrated dishwashers, but not all — ovens, for instance, are not covered. It aims to make purchasing decisions easier and encourage manufacturers to design even more sustainable products.

Sam Webb

Sam is based in Coventry and has been a news reporter for nearly 20 years. His work has featured in the Mirror, The Sun, MailOnline, the Independent, and news outlets throughout the world.  As a copywriter, he has written for clients as diverse as Saint-Gobain, Michelin, Halfords Autocentre, Great British Heating, and Irwin Industrial Tools. During the pandemic, he converted a van into a mini-camper and is currently planning to convert his shed into an office and Star Wars shrine.