“A +++”, goodbye: New energy efficiency classes in stores from March

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Updated February 22, 2021, 12:49 p.m.

  • Many electrical appliances look quite economical, at least at first glance: there are up to three pluses in the “A” top class of the EU energy label.
  • Because this is confusing and outdated, there will soon be new categories.
  •  The  changes from March 1st at a glance.

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From March 1st, there will be new energy labels for certain electrical devices. © www.de24.news

 The re will be new classifications, but the EU energy efficiency labels should still show how economical the household helpers are.

Classifications like “A ++” or “A +++” are being replaced by more understandable classifications in dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators and freezers, televisions and monitors – but there are reasons for consumers to look carefully.

What is changing for consumers?

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 The  European consumer organization Beuc welcomes the innovation because customers benefit from clearer and more reliable labeling. “To see that the new label will soon replace the old one is a victory for consumers,” said the organization.

According to your statements, there were no more appliances in the lower old classes, so that an “A +” refrigerator was de facto one of the most inefficient on the market. © www.de24.news

 The  consumer advocates also point out that there will be both old and new labels in the future because the new rules do not initially apply to all products. © www.de24.news

 The y recommend only looking out for new labels when in doubt, as these are more accurate.

What new labels are being introduced and why?

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 The  previous scale remains, but the categories are given different names – now from “A” to “G”. © www.de24.news

 The  EU Commission justifies the reform by stating that more and more energy-efficient products are being developed, but the difference between the classes “A ++” and “A +++” is less obvious to consumers.

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 The  Federal Association of Consumer Organizations (vzbv) has a similar view: It was hardly possible to assess which types are really more efficient.



From March 1st there will be a new energy label.

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What do the new efficiency classes mean?

Nothing changes in the basic principle: Furthermore, there should be a color scale from dark green (very good) to red (very bad), which enables a quick orientation of how energy efficient a product is.

© www.de24.news The re are different calculation bases depending on the product category. In the case of refrigerators, efficiency is measured, for example, by how much they fit and whether they have a freezer compartment. But the repair effort is also included.

Can consumers convert the new classes one to one?

No. You cannot simply convert the categories. Previous “A +++” devices come in category “C”. Most top class devices come in “D” and some even only manage “E”, according to the vzbv. © www.de24.news

 The  new class “A” should initially remain completely empty so that manufacturers have an incentive to innovate.

What devices is it about?

Specifically, it is initially about five product groups:

  • Refrigerators
  • dishwasher
  • Washing machines
  • electronic Displays
  • Bulbs

Light bulbs and other light sources will only receive new awards from September 1st.

Beuc’s consumer advocates criticize the fact that the new names for many devices come later. Boilers and heaters, for example, would not have the not so new labels until 2025.

What are the duties of retail?

As of March, the new labels must be physically attached within 14 working days and labeled on the Internet. (dpa / lh)

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 The  refrigerator is the number one power hog in most households. © www.de24.news

 The  savings potential is correspondingly large. We’ll show you seven tips on how you can save energy with your refrigerator.

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