New energy label for lamps and light bulbs
On 1 September, the new energy label for lighting sources was given the green light. This change comes after the one applied to washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, televisions and monitors on 1 March.
What does it mean that electrical appliances are recognised by this label? In 1995, this standard began to be used to group household appliances according to their energy efficiency. In this way, the consumer can find out whether the appliance to be purchased consumes more or less energy and, on this basis, make a decision.
Since this first labelling, we have seen many changes in society. Among them is a greater awareness of environmental protection. The EU’s aim with this legislation is to make it clear to consumers which is the most efficient option, “which will help them save energy and money on their bills”, explained Kadri Simon, European Commissioner for Energy.
Differences between old and new energy labelling
As could be seen, the old A+, A++ and A+++ labelling provided little motivation to purchase efficient products compared to those that are classified on an A (most efficient) and G (least efficient) scale.
In order to encourage consumers to buy environmentally responsible luminaire products with lower energy consumption, the labels of the new regulation incorporate 7 classes, from A to G, where A is reserved for technological improvements. Thus, the highest rated products we will find will be class B, while the most common labels we will see will be class D and below.
Another new feature of the label is the QR code, which consumers can scan with their mobile phones to find out extra information about the product.
The energy label: a societal need
Approximately 12% of a household’s energy consumption is spent on lighting. For this reason, the new energy label is one of the most significant changes in terms of energy efficiency, not only for our homes, but also for the environment.
The energy label is not a supplementary function on the packaging, it is a necessity for the future of all of us to get used to looking at the efficiency of the product before purchasing it, as it is the most important factor. In this article, we recommended that you check your electricity tariff so that you don’t overspend, but spend the necessary amount. The same applies when we are going to buy a lamp or bulb, as we should check that the power of the article is what we need.
If all goes according to plan, the European Commission expects these changes to save 7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year between now and 2030. This is important because there is still time to save the planet, as explained in a 2020 report by the European Commission: “the changes needed after 2030 will have to happen at an impracticable speed”.
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