Closing the Reality Gap

The Smart Testing of Energy Products (STEP) project, carried out by, CLASP, ECOS and EEB, has produced a report focusing on 18 months of research into the test standards of three popular consumer products covered by the energy label scheme – dishwashers, refrigerators and televisions. The study found that the test standards, when used for the declaration of energy-performance of these products, do not always reflect typical consumer usage and technological developments.


Washing at 20⁰C is cool

Laundry doesn't always need to be done at 40⁰C or even 60⁰C - there are some big energy savings if you can drop down to 20⁰C.

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4E Report on the Effectiveness of Standards and Labelling

Standards and labelling programs related to energy-efficiency have been in place since the 1970s and over 80 countries now operate such schemes. 4E's latest report tracks the effectiveness of these and shows they are not only a key driver of improved energy efficiency, but appliances and equipment covered by them have become cheaper to buy as a result of fostering greater innovation.

The report from September 2016 covers programmes such as the Japanese Top Runner scheme, and looks at trends in products' energy consumption the world over, with data from the USA, Korea, and Australia, as well as the EU.

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Dishwashers - energy variability in different uses

Three dishwasher models were selected for the tests representing different price levels,energy efficiency classes, number of place settings and from three different brands: A total of 62 tests were performed with the three models. The tests followed a simplified measurement procedure compared to the measurement standard EN 50242, focusing on measuring the energy consumption. Various test parameters were changed to investigate a) if the dishwashers might be recognising a test situation and adapting their performance accordingly, and b) to quantify the difference between the declared energy consumption on the Energy Label and the one that can occur when used differently.

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Topten market monitoring report on white goods

This report presents sales data from 2004 to 2015 for domestic refrigerators, washing machines and tumble driers. The data has been purchased from GfK. It includes absolute sales and, for each energy efficiency class, sales-weighed average information on energy consumption (and water consumption for washing machines), size and price. Data is available for the EU-21, France, Germany and Italy. Product information is based on declarations according to the Energy Label. Analysis of the data allows tracking changes and on-going trends, discrepancies and differences between national markets.

You can read the report here.