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Appliance Efficiency Rating

Energy labels can help you to make the right choice about what kitchen appliances to buy, indicating how well a product performs. So what is an appliance efficiency rating?
appliance efficiency rating
The ‘A-G’ indicators are similar to the main energy efficiency ratings and are based on European standards: ‘A’ is the best performance and ‘G’ the worst. Using models with an appliance efficiency rating of ‘A’ for both energy efficiency and performance, together with lower than average water consumption, will save you the most money – as well as being the best for the environment.
Actual savings will, of course, depend on how you use the kitchen appliance and how much you pay for your electricity. You can also save energy and money by:

  • running washing machines, washer-dryers and dishwashers only when you have a full load
  • using economy and low temperature settings and spin-drying clothes well before you tumble dry
  • ensuring that fridges and freezers are installed away from cookers and other sources of heat in accordance with the manufacturer’s advice
  • switching off lights when not needed

European Ecolabel

Some kitchen appliances are awarded the European Ecolabel which may appear on the label or elsewhere. The Ecolabel indicates that the product has been independently assessed and found to meet strict environmental criteria (considering more than just energy consumption) putting it among the best in its class.
The more efficient the product, the less energy it needs and the more you get for your money. The most efficient fridges and freezers can now be identified by new appliance efficiency ratings of ‘A+’ and ‘A++’ on the large black arrow appearing against the green ‘A’ arrow.

Kitchen appliances energy consumption

This tells you how much electricity the kitchen appliance uses in kilowatt hours (kWh)*. Use the kWh figure to see how much electricity and money you might save if you chose a different model. Using less electricity is better for the environment and your pocket.
By law, the European Community Energy Label must be displayed on all new household products shown below, whether displayed for sale, hire or hire-purchase:

  • refrigerators, freezers and fridge freezer combinations
  • washing machines
  • electric tumble dryers
  • combined washer-dryers
  • dishwashers
  • lamps
  • electric ovens
  • air conditioners

To help you choose a water efficient model, the details below show roughly how much water a typical kitchen appliances use:

Washing machineĀ  To help you choose a water efficient model, the details below shows roughly how much water typical appliances us
Washer-dryer Washer-dryer: 60-200 litres per wash and drying programme (based on a wash load capacity of 5kg)
Dishwasher 10-30 litres per wash (based on an 8-place setting)
Dishwasher 10-50 litres per wash (based on a 12-place setting)

How noisy is the kitchen appliance

Manufacturers don’t have to provide information on noise. If shown, the lower the number, the quieter the kitchen appliance.

Now you know what to look for when checking a kitchen appliance efficiency rating, check out our kitchen appliance buying guides on the main Kitchen Design page.

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1 Comment

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    Braeg Heneffe
    July 19, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    More and more of my customers are asking for the best rated kitchen appliances, many not even considering the extra cost to buy them. It’s a big issue for everyone now, even those on a budget…

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