The European Commission has welcomed the final format of this latest “clearer” energy efficiency labels, including home appliances to help customers make better-informed buying decisions and save money in the long run. The five product collections of home appliances with “regraded” labels include washing machines, dishwashers, and refrigerators, driers, lamps and digital screens including television screens and digital signage displays.
The 1995 labels could award a product with an A for high efficiency, or an F for low productivity. In theory, average products were deemed to earn a C. However, because appliance manufacturers would object vociferously to any merchandise sporting a “C” label, the strategy began raising the grades. Labels of A+, A++, and A+++ were included, and before long, no appliances were making a “C,” and a “B” was being viewed as a failing grade.… Read More