New refrigerating appliances are labelled on an energy efficiency scale ranging from A+++ (most efficient) to G (least efficient).
These ratings take into account:
- energy consumption
- storage volume
- whether or not the appliance has a freezer compartment
- other factors
The European Commission provides tools for generating energy labels for products on the EU market.
Ecodesign requirements cover:
- energy efficiency
- product information
By switching to more energy efficient refrigerating appliances, you can save up to €600 over the lifetime of an average product. More efficient refrigerating appliances will also allow Europe to save up to 4TWh of electricity per year by 2020. This is comparable to the annual household electricity consumption of Cyprus, and will prevent around 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 from being emitted every year.