The main change will be the removal of the plus sign classes, making the highest possible rating an ‘A’. But, to keep pace with innovation and to allow for more energy efficient products in the future, the ‘A’ rating is reserved. Basically, it means that that a product may go from being ‘A+++’ rated, down to a B, C or even a D. Very few products will be rated as ‘A’.
In addition, research and testing processes have become more and more accurate. So, the ratings you’ll begin to see from this week will more accurately reflect real household conditions – and not just a laboratory test.
Even though a product may now have a much lower rating, it’s important to remember that it hasn’t become any less efficient; it’s just the scale of ratings that have changed, thanks to society’s positive attitude to energy efficiency.
There are other changes too, including:
- A QR code now appears on labels. You can use your smartphone to access more details about the product, usually from the manufacturer’s website.
- The energy consumption levels are much clearer to read.
- It includes extra, useful information – specific to the product type. As well as the energy efficiency ratings, a label on a washing machine, for example, will now give you an estimation of noise levels and water usage levels for typical loads.