Energy label, instructions for understanding it

Guide to reading theenergy label. From air conditioners to washing machines, from the oven to the hood. Here's what household appliance energy labels have to tell you. All the instructions to understand and read the information hidden in the energy label.

L'Energy label orenergy labelit provides us with important information for the purpose of saving electricity and product characteristics. It is a good point of reference for the citizen but it can hide some pitfalls. Let's find out which ones.

Energy efficiency class

To ensure good energy savings it is important to use appliances equipped with modern and efficient technologies. To indicate the consumption efficiency of an appliance (as well as a building) is theenergy label. The first information we find on this label lies in theefficiency classof the appliance.

There energy efficiency class of the appliancesees a multi-level staircase. At one time we went from A to the letter G, today classes A +, A ++ and A +++ have been introduced but there is a proposal to return to the old classification.

In any case, the principle is simple to understand: the first letter of the alphabet indicates lower consumption, as we move towards the G class, we find higher consumption.

Thereenergy efficiency classit is a good parameter, immediate and easy to understand, to compare different devices belonging to the same category. For example, for the same price and features, you will know that it is cheaper to choose a class A ++ refrigerator than a class A + refrigerator! :)

Energy label of refrigerators and freezers

For refrigerators and freezers, in theenergy label the average consumption in kWh per year, the noise level, the volume available for fresh and frozen foods are indicated. For further information, we refer you to the detailed sheet that will explain how to read and interpret these data:

  • Refrigerator energy label

Energy label of dishwashers and washing machines

Until recently, inenergy label the annual consumption of a washing machine was not reported, but the consumption of kWh for each washing cycle was indicated. This could help the consumer understand the actual consumption of a standard wash. Unfortunately, today this figure has been replaced by an average consumption estimated on an annual basis with reference to a normal program for cotton at 60 ° or 40 ° C. The estimate is made on 220 washes, so to estimate the consumption of a cycle, you must divide this by 220 cycles.

This information is accompanied by data that indicates the effectiveness of the washing and spinning. In the case of the washing machine, in theenergy label there is information related to water consumption and load capacity.

Even if they consist a little more, class A or A + electrical appliances are more convenient: savings are continuous and safe over time. Intermediate energy class appliances tend to weigh on the electricity bill - in the long term - so the initial savings are paid in the months following the purchase.

For every information:

  • Washing machine energy label
  • Dishwasher energy label

Air conditioner energy label

Air conditioners and air conditioners, these terms refer to a single appliance. On the market there are two types of air conditioners that have two different energy labels. Still different is theenergy labelportable air conditioners. For the complexity of the topic, we refer you to the dedicated guide:

  • Air conditioner energy label

Hoods and oven energy label

How do you read theenergy label?

-The Brand
L'energy label opens with the emblem of the European Union (in fact, this label is uniform in all 27 EU member states) immediately followed by the name of the manufacturer (or brand), and the identification of the model.

-The energy class and the colored arrows
Together with the energy classes there are additional ones "A +, A ++, A +++ ". Each energy class refers to a specific consumption band by category (class) and equipment (TV, refrigerators, washing machines, microwaves…). The energy class is accompanied by colored arrows ranging from red (low energy class with relative high consumption) to green (high energy efficiency with low consumption).

- Pictograms
L'energy label ends with special pictograms that highlight the various performance and characteristics of the appliance, primarily consumption expressed in kWh per year or per cycle of use. The pictograms may vary according to the type of appliance purchased.

For the energy label reading guides, please refer to:

  • Vacuum cleaner energy label
  • Oven energy label
  • TV energy label
  • Dryer energy label

Video: energy label update (January 2022).