New EU Energy Label: what is changing
A new generation of energy labels
When buying home appliances, most consumers in Europe rely on the current EU Energy Label in order to choose a product with an energy efficiency that suits their needs. Reducing energy consumption and therefore energy costs is one of the main concerns among today’s buyers.
From March 1st, a New Energy Label has been introduced in order to make it easier for consumers to compare efficiency across products. What does this mean for Hoover’s appliances?
Why is it changing?
The new energy label will feature an updated scale from A to G, setting new standards for energy saving appliances. Technological improvements over the last few years have resulted in the development of higher efficiency classification such as A+, A++ and A+++, leaving A to E class products out of the picture in terms of energy performance. This means that the label has not been fulfilling its original function as an aid for making purchasing decisions as it used to.
What are the key changes for Hoover washing machines? The main difference concerns the new energy scale, that will not include “plus” classes (A +++, A ++, A+) anymore. Following the new energy consumption rainbow, products are now classified on a scale from A to G. This will not affect the product efficiency, but only the way it is measured. Hoover appliances will keep the same efficiency: H-WASH 500 is still best-in-class, with an A energy consumption rating, allowing consumption reduction up to 51% compared to a G class and therefore saving energy, money and protecting the environment.
Other relevant information
Apart from the new and simpler A to G scale, the New Energy Label will bring some other changes.
A QR code will be added in the upper right corner, allowing consumers to access more detailed product information in the European Product Registry for Energy Labelling by simply scanning the code. This database will make it easier for national market surveillance authorities to verify that the information reported on the label comply with the requirements on energy efficiency.
In some cases, the new labels will feature icons providing useful information to consumers such as product capacity or dimensions, noise level or water consumption.