UPDATED: February 2021NEWS
New Appliance Energy Efficiency Ratings Explained
Just as we have got used to A or A+ rated appliances, it's all change from 1st March 2021 as a new rating scale comes into effect for washing machines, washer-dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers and wine coolers.
In fact, many appliances already carry their new energy rating label alongside the old one.
Most refrigeration appliances on the market are currently rated A+, A++ or even A+++, meaning that they are clustered at the top of the current energy rating scale.
The efficiency rating bands have therefore been rescaled and revert to A to G, with no plusses.
There is also a new rating for noise in addition to the number of decibels.
F is the New A
Most chest freezers that are currently rated as A+ will be classed as F under the new system.
But this isn't as scary as it sounds - although an F rating under the old system is dreadfully inefficient, new E and F classes will still be high efficiency appliances.
Initially A rated appliances will be very rare - generally B will be the highest rating.
We will be updating our product guides with the new ratings as they become available from the manufacturers.
Large Appliance Facts
- An A+ fridge freezer uses 40% less energy than a similar model from a decade ago
- 85% of the materials in large appliances are recycled
- For every 3 large appliances bought in the UK 2 are recycled