In 2021, ratings on energy efficiency are being overhauled. On fridges, washing machines, washer dryers and dishwashers, the A+++ rating symbols will be replaced with something that is easier to follow - a simple scale of A-G ratings.

Why are ratings for energy efficiency changing?

Around 20 years ago, energy efficiency labels were introduced. Products would get an 'A' for good efficiency, and an 'F' for low efficiency. Over time, with ratings of A+, A++ and A+++ being added, this system became more complex (and confusing).

These A+ ratings are being phased out in order to make things clearer for customers. A simple A to G ranking system will instead be used to rate refrigerators, wine cellars, washing machines, washer dryers and dishwashers.

What happens next?

The current energy ratings will be on new products launched between June 2020 and March 2021, but you'll find labels for both the new and old rating systems in the box. This will only happen during this period of transition while the old ratings are being phased out.

From March 2021, online and in-store products will have labels with a new energy efficiency ranking system from A to G.

Also, the new labels will feature handy QR codes. For extra information, you will be able to scan them on your smartphone.


Why is the energy efficiency ratings system changing?

The current legislation is now over 20 years old, so the top energy efficiency rating has been achieved by all major brands. In fact, over 90% of products now have an A+++ rating, so it's difficult for customers to figure out which products are the most energy-efficient

Which products will be affected by the change in energy efficiency ratings?

The new ratings system will affect washing machines, washer dryers, refrigerators, wine cellars and dishwashers.

What is changing in the energy efficiency ratings system?

The current system will be replaced by a simple A-G ratings system, so you will no longer see any A+, A++ or A+++ ratings. This new structure will make comparing the energy efficiency of various products faster and easier for you.

When does the energy efficiency ratings system change?

From March 2021, the new A to G rating system will be displayed on items in-store and online

You might see labels with both old and new energy efficiency rating labels on them if you purchase a product between June 2020 and March 2021.