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A new energy saving rating system will be used throughout Europe on “white goods” (large electrical goods used domestically, such as refrigerators and washing machines, typically white in color) and televisions starting June 20, 2011.

The energy saving labels are being designed to assist consumers when choosing new appliances and other items.

The labels will clearly mark energy consumption guidelines and help consumers choose more energy efficient products and reduce their carbon emissions when using dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators, and more. We hope that the appliance manufacturers will consider using residue-free adhesive on the new energy saving labels.

The energy saving labels will be similar in size and content to those used in North America, though the UK version will include a unique grading or rating system rather and annual estimate of energy consumption and costs.

Energy saving labels have been used in the UK on white goods for some time now, rating products from A (best) to G (worst). However, the new label system will add ratings of A+ and A++ to give credit to appliances that are extra energy efficient. Improvements in appliance and TV design have reduced the energy consumption to new levels for many products, hence the apparent need to add the new ratings to the energy saving labels.

“Consumers want to make the right decisions when buying new goods that use less energy and bring down household bills,” said Environment secretary Caroline Spelman.

“These new energy saving ratings will help people make the right choice when out shopping for TVs and white goods by choosing those which are rated the darkest green on the labels,” Spelman added.

This is good news for consumers if they will simply take the time to read the helpful improvements to the energy saving labels applied to the products they buy.



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