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Your guide to the new energy efficiency labels

Posted On : Jul-09-2009 | seen (595) times | Article Word Count : 426 |

When you go shopping for any electrical items or white goods like fridges, freezers, dishwashers and microwaves, you will see that all are now labelled with energy efficiency ratings of some kind.
When you go shopping for any electrical items or white goods like fridges, freezers, dishwashers and microwaves, you will see that all are now labelled with energy efficiency ratings of some kind. This is because, by law, these products must now be labelled to allow consumers to compare the energy consumption of the products they are buying.

Energy efficiency is an important issue nowadays and this is why you will find that any consumer electronic goods, including kitchen items like electric ovens, washing machines, fridges and freezers now come with a special energy efficiency rating. But what do these labels mean?

1. Thankfully it is now getting harder and harder to find home goods that are inefficient in energy terms. This is because the EU, or European Union, have stopped manufacturers from building freezers and fridges that are graded at level D or below.

2. The second label to watch out for is the Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers, or SEDBUK label. This label will only be found on boilers and grades boilers according to their efficiency, allowing you to easily compare different boiler systems.

3. The SEDBUK ratings are the same as those found on other consumer electronics, that is boilers are rated from A, the most efficient, to G, the least efficient. Regular boiler types only convert around 60 per cent of the fuel they use into heat, whereas condensing boilers convert around 90 per cent, so condensing boilers are preferable.

4. Windows now have their own rating system too so that you can compare any windows that you are seeking to purchase for your home and pick out the most efficient glazing possible. Windows are graded from E, for least efficient, up to A, for maximum efficiency. These new labels are issued by the British Fenestration Rating Council, or BFRC, and look at the level of heat retained by each window type.

5. One very easy way to spot the most energy efficient of goods is to look for the Energy Saving Recommended label. This label features the Energy Saving Recommended logo and is only found on maximum efficiency items, so in a shop it is far easier to pick out the most efficient goods.

These maximum efficiency goods are selected each year by an independent panel known as the Energy Saving Trust. This panel only selects A+ appliances to be awarded the Energy Saving Recommended logo, including double-glazing, televisions and other goods that are not required to have a European Union efficiency rating label.

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