Energy label

New washing machines come with an energy label showing their energy efficiency rating. From December 2011, the most efficient washing machines have carried an A+++ label.

These ratings take into account:

  • energy consumption
  • programme time
  • water consumption
  • power consumption in ‘off-mode’
  • power consumption in ‘left-on mode’
  • ‘left-on mode’ duration
  • remaining moisture content
  • airborne acoustic noise emissions
  • maximum spin speeds.

The regulation does not apply to household combined washer-driers.

The European Commission provides tools for generating energy labels for products on the EU market.

Create a washing machine label

Ecodesign requirements

These requirements cover:

  • energy efficiency
  • water consumption
  • standby and off-mode
  • performance
  • product information

The regulation does not apply to household combined washer-driers.

Standby and off mode

A wide range of electric devices can have standby and off modes.

These are required to switch into a low power mode (such as standby) after a reasonable amount of time and they must not consume more than 0.5 Watts in standby or in off mode.

Energy savings

Switching to one of the most energy efficient washing machines can save €250 over the lifetime of the product. With more efficient washing machines, Europe will also be able to save up to 1.5 TWh of electricity per year by 2020.

This is equivalent to half of Malta’s annual final energy consumption and also means a saving of around 100 million m3 of water per year.

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