New energy label with less A-products

Increasingly efficient products New energy label with less A-products

Up to now, with the energy label A excellent device is now possibly one of the class e. reason, the revised classification. On the one hand, good for the environment and easier for the consumers, on the other hand, is problematic in the case of TV-sets and monitors.

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Since 1. March 2021 is a new energy label.
Since 1. March 2021 is a new energy label.

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Since the beginning of the month, there are new efficiency label for large household appliances, TVs and monitors. This may lead to an only recently, with a clear Conscience purchased device of the class A, whose efficiency was located in the green areas, lands suddenly in the areas of light green to Red.

Reason for the Revision of the Labels in the view of the EU Commission, the lack of comparability and significance was. Often products were not located merely in class A. The A was additionally supplemented with up to three plus signs. Plus, there was the additional information of how much percent would provide a device of “A+++” below. The efforts of the manufacturers to develop more efficient products, have diluted the significance of the label.

The value of the new label

Also, in the future, the classification will take place on the usual scale of A to G, and the traffic light-color grading from Green to Red. However, the benchmarks have been adapted for energy efficiency. This leads to the classification of A will be the exception. Thus many of the devices that were previously settled in the green area to be covered, in the areas of light green to Red. For example, many of the refrigerators that were so far with an “a+++” and Green to decorate land, now in the class D (light green) or E (Orange), only the most energy-efficient models are expected to achieve a C, and thus still Green,.

The new Label providing information about the energy consumption. Depending on the device category for more information: For washing machines, for example, the water consumption, as well as the duration of the washing cycle. And also on the noise emissions of the products of the Label is to provide information. This is useful if the installation location is the open plan living kitchen and not in the secluded room in the basement.

In addition to the wider distribution of the efficiency classes, the Revision, among other items, Changes in the basis of calculation for the energy efficiency with. To date, for example, the calculation of the annual energy consumption have different cycles based on. For dishwashers, there were loads of 280 passes per year, in the case of washing machines 220 washing. Now, the unit of energy use is based on 100 passages to allow for easy conversion to personal use habits.

Similar mathematical simplifications there are TV sets and monitors. Previously, it was assumed that four hours of daily use. Now, the Label indicates the energy hunger of a device over 1,000 hours averaged. Also new is the separate designation of the efficiency class in the use of technology to enhance contrast, High Dynamic Range (HDR), which is needed due to higher peak brightness and more energy.

Problem: more pixels, More power consumption

The behind the new Label and the Eco-design guidelines will have an impact on the further development of the image quality of TV may in the future be exciting. The latest Generation of Displays has an 8K resolution, i.e. four times more pixels than the current selling Ultra-HD TVs. The more pixels a Display has, the more surface area the spaces between the pixels around the claim. And these spaces in between to swallow light, so energy. Therefore, a certain degree of danger, that the detail resolution quality display does not correspond to the requirements of the Ecodesign is. A device would not meet the G-category available, it would have to be in accordance with the current regulation of the market.

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