Fridges and freezers

The EU Energy Label for refrigerators and freezers

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

Replacing an appliance such as fridge-freezer can mean a significant financial outlay and takes careful consideration. 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 fridge-freezer 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. 

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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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