Chooseday’s Choice! ~ What energy rating are your appliances?

Where does your energy go?

Under EU law domestic appliances including dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, fridges, freezers and ovens in Ireland must display an energy rating label when offered for sale. These labels are designed to help consumers  make an informed decision about the energy consumption of domestic appliances. The labels are clear and concise, and provide useful information such as the appliances energy consumption (kWh) and noise level (dB).  An important component of the energy label is the energy efficiency rating which is scaled from ‘A’ which is most energy efficient to ‘G’  which is the least energy efficient. It’s hoped that consumers will be more mindful of the potential energy consumption of appliances and choose a more energy efficient, environmentally friendly model.

You Choose!

a ratedIn an attempt to keep up with advances in energy efficiency and the increased energy efficiency levels achieved in the design of certain electrical appliances by manufacturers the EU created the following new ratings  A+, A++ and A+++ for domestic fridges, freezer and fridge freezers.

Labelling

The energy labels are separated into at least four categories:

  • The appliance’s details: according to each appliance, specific details, of the model and its materials
  • Energy class:  rated from A+, A++, A+++, A to G which gives an idea of the appliance’s electrical consumption
  • Consumption, efficiency, capacity, etc.
  • Noise: the noise emitted by the specific appliance when in operation

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Did you know?

An ‘A’ rated appliance will use about 55% of the electricity of a similarly sized appliance with a ‘D’ rating. Always look for the energy label and purchase ‘A’ rated appliances where possible, they can save their replacement cost over their lifetime and benefit the environment. By purchasing an ‘A’ rated fridge instead of a ‘C’ rated one, each household could save €14 per annum or collectively €18m nationally, with CO2 savings of over 85,000 tonnes annually.

Remember: by buying energy efficient appliances you are not only reducing your energy bills and saving money you are also helping the environment. The next time a kitchen appliance needs replacing check out the energy ratings of each appliance (which should be clearly displayed on every product) and purchase the most energy efficient one that you can afford. The better the energy rating the more money you will save on your energy bills. If all your household appliances are A rated it is possible to save up to €100 on your yearly energy bill.

What energy rating are your kitchen appliances? When purchasing a new appliance does the energy rating make a difference to your final decision?

An ‘A’ rated appliance will use about 55% of the electricity of a similarly sized appliance with a ‘D’ rating. Always look for the energy label and purchase ‘A’ rated appliances where possible, they can save their replacement cost over their lifetime and benefit the environment.

By purchasing an ‘A’ rated fridge instead of a ‘C’ rated one, each household could save €14 per annum or collectively €18m nationally, with CO2 savings of over 85,000 tonnes annually.

– See more at: http://www.seai.ie/Schools/Post_Primary/Subjects/Home_Economics_JC/Appliances/#sthash.5z4UPxes.dpuf

An ‘A’ rated appliance will use about 55% of the electricity of a similarly sized appliance with a ‘D’ rating. Always look for the energy label and purchase ‘A’ rated appliances where possible, they can save their replacement cost over their lifetime and benefit the environment.

By purchasing an ‘A’ rated fridge instead of a ‘C’ rated one, each household could save €14 per annum or collectively €18m nationally, with CO2 savings of over 85,000 tonnes annually.

– See more at: http://www.seai.ie/Schools/Post_Primary/Subjects/Home_Economics_JC/Appliances/#sthash.5z4UPxes.dpuf

An ‘A’ rated appliance will use about 55% of the electricity of a similarly sized appliance with a ‘D’ rating. Always look for the energy label and purchase ‘A’ rated appliances where possible, they can save their replacement cost over their lifetime and benefit the environment.

By purchasing an ‘A’ rated fridge instead of a ‘C’ rated one, each household could save €14 per annum or collectively €18m nationally, with CO2 savings of over 85,000 tonnes annually.

– See more at: http://www.seai.ie/Schools/Post_Primary/Subjects/Home_Economics_JC/Appliances/#sthash.5z4UPxes.dpuf

An ‘A’ rated appliance will use about 55% of the electricity of a similarly sized appliance with a ‘D’ rating. Always look for the energy label and purchase ‘A’ rated appliances where possible, they can save their replacement cost over their lifetime and benefit the environment.

By purchasing an ‘A’ rated fridge instead of a ‘C’ rated one, each household could save €14 per annum or collectively €18m nationally, with CO2 savings of over 85,000 tonnes annually.

– See more at: http://www.seai.ie/Schools/Post_Primary/Subjects/Home_Economics_JC/Appliances/#sthash.5z4UPxes.dpuf

Over 100,000 Irish homes assessed under the Building Energy Rating scheme (BER)

Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) Press Release 21 February 2010

Figures released today (21 February 2010) from Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) reveal that over 100,000 Irish homes have had Building Energy Ratings (BERs) completed to date, the majority of which were completed since January 2009, the first year for full implementation of the BER scheme. Introduced in 2007 as part of a European Directive to improve the energy performance of homes, the rate of BER publications has steadily
increased in 2009 , averaging 300 per day, and indicating an increasing awareness of, and compliance with, the legislation.

Sample of BER Cert ~ Photo Credit SEAI

Sample of BER Cert ~ Photo Credit SEAI

Initially the scheme only applied to new homes, but since 1 January 2009 all homes being sold or rented are also required to have a BER certificate that shows prospective buyers or tenants the energy performance of the home. Research shows that landlords are the group most aware of the need for a BER certificate, with awareness now at 76%. While awareness is improving in most quarters, tenants looking to rent are the least aware of their entitlement to get a BER cert with awareness only at 38%. Commenting on the BER programme, Minister for Communications, Energy, and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan TD said: “The BER Scheme is a practical scheme which helps current and prospective homeowners make informed choices when selecting or upgrading a property. The success of the scheme last year shows that the energy performance and efficiency of a property is becoming increasingly important for Irish homeowners. ” Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley TD said: “The systems now in place and the increasing consumer awareness will be important factors in the continuous improvement of the energy performance of our building stock. This will help underpin future Building Regulation changes and efforts to upgrade existing buildings. ” Professor Owen Lewis, Chief Executive SEI, said: “Putting aside the difficult economic conditions in 2009, the first year of full operation of the BER scheme has been a successful one. However, there are many homes for sale or rent out there that have not yet been assessed, and need to be, if they are not to fall foul of the regulations. SEI is calling on people who are looking to buy or rent homes to insist upon receiving a BER certificate as their right, so they are fully informed of the energy performance before finalising any property transactions. ”

Source: http://www.sei.ie/News_Events/Press_Releases/100,000_BERs_issued.html