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Many appliances now show specific energy labels to focus on those products which make the best use of energy. The aim is to give a better performance while saving on running costs. Energy reduction reduces running costs and in turn helping the environment and helps tackle climate change.
Described here are the main energy saving labels you may find when purchasing a new appliance.
European Energy Label
Within Europe all manufacturers and retailers are obliged to advise you on the energy efficiency of household electrical fridges, freezers, washing machines, tumble dryers, washer-dryers, dishwashers, air conditioners, ovens and light bulbs.
The scale is generally rated from ′A′ being the most efficient (′A′ and ′B′ for the most efficient fridges and freezers) to ′G′ being the least efficient. Always select the one closest to an ′A′ when purchasing new products.
Energy Saving Recommended
The Energy Saving Recommended logo endorses products that are amongst the most energy efficient available. The scheme is managed by the Energy Saving Trust. The wide range of products covered includes appliances like washing machines and refrigeration, light fittings, gas and oil boilers, insulation, hot water cylinders and glazing.
The Energy Star logo means that the energy consumption of an appliance is below an agreed level in ′stand-by′ mode. The logo appears on some types of office equipment, such as computers, monitors, printers and fax machines. Within the EU, the Energy Star is a voluntary labeling scheme and its use is controlled by an agreement between the USA and European Community.