The EU Energy Label

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.

The new Energy Label must currently be displayed on the following product groups:

  • fridges and freezers
  • washing machines, tumble dryers and washer-dryers
  • dishwashers
  • air conditioners
  • electric ovens
  • light bulbs
  • televisions

EU Energy Label

The current EU Energy Label for refrigeration equipment ranges from A+++ (most efficient) to D (least efficient) as shown below.

From 1st July 2012, any new models put on the market need to comply with an energy rating of the top three label classes, A+, A++ or A+++.  Retailers can sell existing stocks of older models, so you may still see A or B rated refrigeration equipment in the shops. Models sold before September 1999 could be rated anywhere between A to G.

For the most efficient products, look for the darkest green band. Our Top10 ranking is based on the Energy Efficiency Index and shows the differentiations within the top label class(es).

The label also displays the amount of energy that the product uses in an hour (kWh). The lower this number is, the less energy the product uses.