New energy labels on household appliances will make it easier for consumers to save money – HAYES
Household appliances are to transition from the A+++ to G rating back to the basic A to G scale, making it easier for consumers to choose products which are more energy efficient and less costly to run, Brian Hayes MEP said.
“The new labels A to G will be much clearer and make it easier for consumers to make energy smart decisions. Thanks to the new energy labelling, households could save hundreds of euros in energy bills every year. The energy rating directive has been a useful tool for a number of years, but it lost its clarity when the ‘A+’ classes were introduced,” he stated.
“Consumers will still have to wait a while before they see new labels in stores – as the deadline for implementation is six years. However a new database system is also to be introduced displaying all product models which have to carry an EU Energy Label.
“This database will help consumers choose the product which is right for them, and will be useful to market surveillance authorities whose remit is to ensure products are delivering the efficiency they say they will.
“We have seen in the motor industry how abuses can undermine legislation and ultimately consumer confidence and that is something we want to avoid on a broader scale.”