New EU regulation on energy efficiency labels starting on 1st August 2017
EU prescribes new energy efficiency classes for electrical and household appliances. The first step will be a rework on the labeling of washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, TV-Systems and lightning systems. A changeover from the A+++ labeling to the A-G labeling, starting from 2020 in the shops, gives more clearness to customers about appliances energy consumption.
The German Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said: „As a costumer I do not want to perceive how much energy an appliance consumes after the electricity bill. Therefore the energy consumption of household appliances must be clearly identifiable. The already known A-G labels are more effective for this. The saved energy also contributes to climate protection!“
The new directive affects advertising for electrical appliances as well, because a stronger visibility oft the products efficiency scale will be mandatory. Further a product database including all marked products will be created, which will make it easier to compare the appliances according to their energy efficiency.