New energy labels from March 2021: When is it worth buying a new one? - FFT Ecology News

New energy labels from March 2021: When is it worth buying a new one?

So far, the information on the energy consumption of electrical appliances has often caused confusion. From March 2021 there will therefore be new categories. What consumers need to know now.

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What is changing for consumers?
What new labels are being introduced and why?
What do the new efficiency classes mean?
Can consumers convert the new classes one to one?
What devices is it about?
What are the duties of retail?

From March 1st, there will be new energy labels for certain electrical devices. There will be new classifications, but the EU energy efficiency labels should still show how economical the household helpers are. Classifications such as “A ++” or “A +++” are used in dishwashers, Washing machines, Refrigerators and freezers, televisions and monitors have been replaced by more understandable classifications – there are still reasons for citizens to take a closer look.

What is changing for consumers?
The European consumer organization Beuc welcomes the innovation because customers benefit from clearer and more reliable labeling. “To see the new label soon replace the old one is a victory for consumers,” said the organization.
According to their statements, there were recently no more appliances in the lower old classes, so that an “A +” refrigerator was de facto one of the most inefficient on the market. The consumer advocates also point out that there will be both old and new labels in the future because the new rules do not initially apply to all products. They recommend only looking out for new labels when in doubt, as these are more accurate.

What new labels are being introduced and why?
The previous scale remains, but the categories are given different names – now from “A” to “G”. the EU commission justifies the reform with the fact that more and more energy-efficient products are being developed, but the difference between the classes “A ++” and “A +++” is less obvious for consumers. The Federal Association of Consumer Organizations (vzbv) has a similar view: It was hardly possible to assess which types are really more efficient.

What do the new efficiency classes mean?
Nothing changes in the basic principle: Furthermore, there should be a color scale from dark green (very good) to red (very bad), which enables a quick orientation of how energy-efficient a product is.
There are different calculation bases depending on the product category. In the case of refrigerators, efficiency is measured, for example, by how much fits in and whether they have a freezer compartment. But the repair effort is also included.

Can consumers convert the new classes one to one?