If you recently purchased a home appliance, you may have been surprised to find two completely different energy labels. The old label, with which devices were classified according to certain environmental criteria, has been passed. Space for the new energy label since March 1st.
The Ecological Transition Agency (ADEME) and the European Union are the origin of this new label. New criteria are taken into account for energy capacities such as the repairability index or even … The criteria are getting harder and harder to get the A, manufacturers have to whip to get it. Consumers, for their part, should be the winners of their energy costs! Explanations.
Why a new label?
The energy label helps consumers identify products that use less energy. However, with technological developments, the famous letters A +, A ++, A +++ no longer mean much. The European Union has therefore standardized the labels by creating only 5 categories.
Fridges, freezers and wine cellars Dishwashers Washing machines and washer-dryers Televisions and screens Lamps and LEDs
From March 1, 2021, the new label must be displayed on the product. Even if the classification is no longer the same, the performance does not change. A QR code is available on the new label. From the second half of 2021, the QR code will return to a database where you can get to know the characteristics of your device.
The new label compared to the old one. Photo credit: European Commission
Specifically, a device that was previously classified as A +++ should be between class B and class C! That doesn’t mean it is consuming more, just that the ranking has changed. No device currently for sale will also get the A mention on the new label. This will be the holy grail of manufacturers to encourage them to innovate both technologically and environmentally friendly. The new label will depend much more than it does today on the materials used, the repairability or recyclability of the devices.
A couple of exceptions!
Heating devices such as hoods, ovens, tumble dryers or water heaters will not be affected by this measure until 2030. This new label aims to give consumers better visibility … and the ability to access the future database … To check whether the manufacturer remains completely transparent or not!
ADEME estimates that every household could save around € 150 per year thanks to manufacturers’ efforts to get a good rating on the label! So don’t panic, if your refrigerator is found with the classification A +++ in B or C, everything is normal! Don’t bother the brand’s consumer service, it just complies with the new European directives!