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How to Read Eco-Labels to be More Environmentally Responsible?

Eco-labels give energy classes ranging from A+++ to G to everyday goods, with the aim of encouraging consumers to buy more environmentally friendly products and reducing overall energy consumption.
A+++ to C

Television

A+++ to A+

Fridge freezer

A++ to A+

Heat pump

A+++ to A

Dishwasher

A++ to E

Light bulb

Television

What does the television label tell us?
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A++ to C, energy classes available on the market
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Power consumption in “off” mode (<0.01W)
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Power consumption in “on” mode
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Annual consumption (4 hours/day, 365 days/year)
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Diagonal measurement of the visible screen (in centimeters and inches)

Did you know?

A television consumes electricity even in "standby" mode.

Fridge freezer

What does the fridge-freezer label tell us?
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A+ to A+++, energy classes available on the market
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Annual consumption
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Refrigerator volume (in liters)
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Freezer volume (in liters)
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Noise level (in decibels)

Heat pump

The label shown is for a heat pump used in domestic heating and hot water production systems.
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A+ to A++, energy classes available on the market for heating
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B to A, for hot water
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Noise level (in decibels) for interior and exterior units
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“Off-peak period” mode
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Annual electricity consumption of interior and exterior units for each of the 3 climate zones in Europe

Did you know?

The noise level of heat pumps varies from 45 to 65 decibels (dB). By law, the maximum noise level from the inside of a dwelling is 25 dB.

In contrast:

  • A peaceful garden: 20 dB
  • A noisy classroom: 70 dB
  • A rock concert: 110 dB
  • An airplane taking off 100 m away: 130 dB

Dishwasher

On average, dishwashers rated A+++ consume 40% less than their A-rated counterparts.
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A to A+++, energy classes available on the market
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Annual consumption for 280 wash cycles
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Water consumption for 280 wash cycles
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Drying efficiency, from A to G
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Capacity in number of place settings
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Noise level (in decibels)

Did you know?

On average, dishwashers consume 12 liters of water per wash cycle, while washing up by hand requires an average of 42 liters of water for the same quantity of dishes.

Light bulb

A number of criteria should be taken into account when choosing a light bulb. Their labels contain lots of interesting information.
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A, A+, A++: LED
A, B, C: Fluorescent bulbs
D, E: Halogen bulbs
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Annual consumption for 1,000 hours
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Power (in W)
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Incandescent bulb equivalent
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Light output (in lumens)
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Colour temperature (in kelvins) (yellow = warm light, blue = cool light)
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Lifespan (in hours)
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Number of switch cycles
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Warm-up time (to 60% of the bulb’s light output)
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Dimensions and type of fitting (screw or bayonet)?
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Possibility of connecting the bulb to a dimmer
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Amount of mercury for compact fluorescent bulbs

Did you know?

Incandescent lamps are banned from sale.
 
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With this interactive graphics, the eco-labels of your common devices will reveal all their secrets!

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