New energy efficiency labels are now mandatory, but many stores still do not use them

As of March 1, 2021, the energy efficiency labeling of household and other electronic devices has changed in the European Union. However, there was a transition period for manufacturers and stores to adjust to the new standard, specifically until December 1. Today there are still stores with products that have the old labeling.

The information is offered by the OCU (Consumers and Users Organization), through a visit to 113 physical stores and 15 web pages. According to the organization, around 45% of establishments displayed products with the old labeling.

The problem is compounded in televisions

According to the OCU, his visits included companies such as El Corte Ingl├ęs, Alcampo, MediaMarkt, etc. In these department stores, the organization claims that virtually all of them complied with the new regulations. However, everything indicates that the new labeling has not yet been fully implemented in local businesses, or on certain websites. And it is that of the OCU they assure that “up to 45% of the establishments presented at least one product for sale with the old energy label”.

Another case mentioned separately is that of televisions. And it is that in hardly any physical store the correct energy efficiency labeling is displayed on these products, not even the old one. This has some impact, as it is a product that spends a good number of hours in operation, even when it is turned off due to its standby function.

Displaying both labels can be confusing, as some products may appear to be less effective than others. This is why the OCU recalls that the inclusion of the new energy labeling is mandatory.

Simpler and clearer labeling

The labeling change has been updated to provide a simpler and more orderly diagram of the energy efficiency scales. Technological advancements in newer household appliances have made the products more and more efficient and as a result we have seen several “+” symbols behind the higher efficiency category “A”. This way, classes like ‘A +’, ‘A ++’ and ‘A +++’ disappear in the new label.

Now, dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators, appliances with electronic screens or lighting devices must display the new energy efficiency labeling, with a scale that goes from “A” to “G” , being the first mentioned the one with the most efficiency.

These new labels also feature a QR code in the corner, where via the mobile we can consult additional information about the product in question before its purchase. In addition, in the case of a TV, the average power consumption is also specified when SDR and HDR contents are displayed separately. Too bad that according to the survey conducted by the OCU, televisions are the products that are less frequent the possession of this label in stores.

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