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Energy label

New EU energy labels

From March 1, 2021 and September 1, 2021, new EU energy labels will apply to dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers, wine storage cabinets, washing machines and washer-dryers, as well as electronic displays such as televisions and monitors, and lamps. For all other products, the old energy labels will remain in place for the time being.

New energy labels? - for what?
A new EU energy label has been in force since March 1, 2021. The specifications A+++, A++ and A+ are omitted. On a new, clear scale from A to G, consumers receive clear and easily understandable statements about the energy consumption of products. In addition, pictograms and a QR code provide important additional information, for example on water consumption or the volume of products. Over the course of time, technical innovations have led to the devices in the top plus classes becoming more common in many product groups, while the lower classes remained unoccupied and the label became increasingly confusing. The new, clear A-G label initially applies to the product groups of refrigerators and freezers, dishwashers, washing machines, washer-dryers, TV sets and computer monitors as well as lamps.
The new EU energy label is based on the requirements of EU law. The aim is the gradual conversion of all product groups regulated under the EU energy consumption labeling regulation to the new EU energy label by 2030 at the latest.

So what has changed?
The most important change is the return to classes A to G. This involves downgrading the energy efficiency classes of all current devices. Devices that are currently assigned to classes A++ and A+++ will in future be found in categories up to a maximum of B. Class A therefore remains vacant for the time being in order to ensure room for innovation.
Due to new measuring methods and an adaptation of the test to the actual usage conditions in the household, no general statements can be made about the classification of existing devices in the new classes. Each product is re-evaluated and re-ranked accordingly. A product with the currently highest energy efficiency A+++ can be found in classes B or C in the future. The table below gives a rough guide to the classification of current devices:

Old energy efficiency class until February 28, 2021  A+++ A++ A+ A B C D
New energy efficiency class from March 1, 2021

In the future, power consumption in kWh will be specified per 100 runs (in the ECO program) and water consumption per run. This makes it easier to convert the values ​​to the actual conditions in your own household. The specification of the volume in dB is supplemented by a classification into noise emission classes.

In the future, the following information will be displayed on televisions:

If you have any questions about energy consumption, our customer support will be happy to help you.
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