Energy-efficiency claims off target

Nottingham Post
Feb 20, 2014

One in five household products do not match their energy-efficiency claims, according to the Energy Saving Trust.

European Commission-funded research found that up to 20 per cent of products – including ovens, fridges, washing machines and dishwashers – did not comply with energy efficiency standards.

As a result, 10 per cent of potential energy savings promised were missed by millions of products across Europe, the trust said.

The research analysed the efficiency of domestic fridges, testing the energy label declarations over a two-year period between 2009 and 2011.

Philip Sellwood, chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust, said: "There is an obvious need to recoup any potential savings through establishing more rigorous market surveillance and standards across energy efficient products and labelling.

"The European Commission has recognised that this energy wastage is a problem and is keen to ensure a compelling climate of compliance across all aspects of energy efficiency."

He added: "From our perspective, it's clear that any labelling needs to be accurate, easy for the consumer to understand and displayed clearly in retailers."

The trust plans to investigate the issue further by using mystery shoppers to test products' energy efficiency claims over the next three years.

The scheme, known as MarketWatch, aims to check 25,000 products to find out whether they are correctly labelled.