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.

From 1 March 2021 a new Regulation on energy labelling for household washing machines and washer-dryers (EU) 2019/2014 will repeal and replace Regulation (EU) 1061/2010 and Directive 96/60/EC.

New appliances will then be labelled on an energy efficiency scale ranging from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).

Ecodesign requirements

The regulation apply to washing machines, not to household combined washer-driers, and cover:

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

On 1 October 2019, the European Commission adopted new ecodesign measures for washing machines and washer-driers. From 1 March 2021, a new Regulation on ecodesign requirements for household washing machines and washer-dryers (EU) 2019/2023 will repeal and replace Regulation (EU) 1015/2010.

The new regulation will better reflect users needs and will also include elements to further enhance the reparability and recyclability of appliances. For a period of 10 years, a list of spare parts, such as door hinges and seals, door locking, plastic peripherals, such as detergent dispensers, have to be available to all, while professional repairers will have access to the spare parts and information needed for the repair and professional maintenance of washing machines and washer-dryers.

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 cubic meters of water per year.

The new regulations will add to this saving with up to 5 TWh of electricity and 711 million cubic meters of water per year by 2030. This will in turn contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 0.84 metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent