Energy labels explained

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EU energy efficiency labels

EU energy labels have become a common sight in home appliance showrooms – they’re found on a selection of white goods and other products and are designed to help customers see how energy efficient a model is before they buy.

But what exactly does an energy label tell you about a particular item? We’ve been taking a closer look at how appliances are awarded an energy-efficiency rating, how you can compare models and what you should look for when you’re out shopping.

Products carrying an EU energy efficiency label

  • Washing machines, washer-dryers and tumble dryers
  • Fridges, freezers and fridge freezers
  • Dishwashers
  • Electric ovens
  • Energy-saving light bulbs
  • Air conditioners