Since last January, the new European Erp (Energy Related Product) directive has come into force thanks to which it is possible to classify domestic appliances based on energy consumption. What's new? The minimum requirements of energy efficiency and the Erp directive has determined a new energy scale that will remain in force until 2019. From an energy point of view, the sustainable appliances they are the ones with the lowest consumption.
The old classification of energy consumption was based on seven classes, from class A (most energy saving) to class G (least energy saving), with the new Erp directive, classes G, F and E have been eliminated, because domestic appliances of this kind are too energy-intensive and are no longer suitable for the market.
The sustainable appliances they are certainly part of the expansion of class A which comes to include the classifications A +, A ++ and A +++. Basically, on the label, the sustainable appliancesare distinguished by the wording A + + +. The entry into force of this legislation will allow consumers to choose better and have greater guarantees on the products purchased, with asavings on your bill about 20%.
There sustainability of a product does not focus exclusively on its energy consumption, there are other crucial parameters ranging from its production chain to disposal. In this regard, the EPEAT register was born, a useful tool for users who want to analyze the environmental impact of an appliance. The EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) analyzes the entire life cycle of a product.
Only in the United States, since 2006, buyers who have chosen EPEAT certified products have given a lot of help to the environment. The choice of products on the EPEAT register has saved as many emissions as 11 million vehicles in transit in the USA would have produced in a single year!
Basically, a user who is interested in buying sustainable appliances can consult the EPEAT register, can exclude in advance domestic appliances without an energy label because they are obsolete and can prefer domestic appliances class A +++. As for air conditioners, WWF has set up a detailed register that can help users make an informed choice.