The EU Energy Label for televisions

The European Union Energy Label was introduced to allow consumers to factor in energy performance when purchasing new domestic appliances. Initially the label only applied to a small number of product groups, but with the ongoing implementation of the EU Energy-related Products Directive and Energy Labelling Directive, you will see the label appear on more and more electrical and electronic goods.  

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Market overview by Energy Label class

None of the panel TVs currently on the UK market qualify for the A+++ label and only 5 models (0.7% of the market) carry the A++ label. A+ rated TV sets account for 14.6% of the UK market. 

A and B class models dominate the market with 33.5% (232) and 32.8% (227) respectively. 

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Comparing energy-use of old and new, highly energy-efficient appliances 

Knowing exactly when to replace an appliance, especially one that is still working, can be difficult. 

You may find it useful to monitor the actual energy consumption of your television using a plug-in energy-usage meter. 

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How to get your appliance to perform most efficiently

Buying the most energy-efficient model will help you save energy and money in the long run. But it’s how you use your appliance that can really make a difference too. For example: 

Switch it off. Ensure you switch off your TV at the power switch and don’t leave it on standby. This could save the average multiple-TV owning household up to £86 per year on electricity bills. 

Make sure the TV you buy has a power switch. This will allow you to switch off the standy function and save energy. Top10 lets you filter the TVs in its listing by whether they have a power switch or not. 

Check your TV’s brightness settings. The factory settings on TVs are often brighter than necessary for home use. 

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Disposing of your old appliance 

Electrical appliances are one of the fastest growing waste streams in the UK and Europe, with the amount of e-waste estimated to be rising by at least 2.5% every year. 

Reusing or recycling WEEE saves thousands of tonnes of valuable materials being landfilled or otherwise disposed of. It also reduces environmental footprint associated with the extraction of raw materials and the manufacture of electrical and electronic goods.  

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