When you buy a washing machine, dishwasher or TV we pay great attention to the technical aspects. We become amateur experts in washing programmes, in screen sizes, or in image resolutionstandards. We also think about the aesthetic aspects. And logically you pay special attention to the price.
All this is absolutely normal. But if you forget about the energy label you are making a mistake which you will cost you money. Remember that 55% of the electricity you spend is for your appliances.
That incomprehensible sticker with an icon that normally goes from A to G is not ornamental. It is there to inform you about the consumption of the appliance concerned. And not only the consumption of electricity, but also the water it uses or the noise that it makes while it's operating.
History of the energy label
Energy labels began to be implemented in 1995, but only for refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and dishwashers. With the passage of the years they were extended to ovens, televisions, air conditioners, etc.
Today this labelling is compulsory and is regulated by European Union Directive 92/75/EEC. They indicate the energy efficiency of each appliance. The more efficient it is the less it consumes and, therefore, the more you save in your electricity bill.
The label format has changed over the years. For example, initially the scale was A to G. However it became necessary to invent higher categories,,since fortunately appliances had become even more efficient.