One day, energy labels will make sense. Until then, you'll need this guide.

Picture the scene. You’re walking through Currys looking for a new fridge. You want to cut carbon and save energy, so you go for a nice one with an A+ energy efficiency rating. Planet saved, milk cooled, everyone wins, right?

Well no, because it turns out A+ is quite middle of the road when it comes to fridges. These days, the top grade is A+++!

Sounds like grade inflation gone mad, doesn’t it? It’s happened because a few years ago the EU, who set the ratings, realised that technology has moved on and most new appliances met the A grade standards. But instead of just moving the ratings down so that A was still the best, they added a ‘beyond A’ category.

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Pretty confusing. And it doesn’t stop there, because the labels aren’t uniform across products either. A TV with grade A is still pretty decent, and an A-rated oven is positively cutting edge, but a fridge with an A grade would actually fail to meet minimum standards set by the EU.

Yep, you read that right: an illegally inefficient appliance can get an A rating for energy efficiency.

Basically, the whole system needs a shake up. But until they get it sorted out, there’s a great new resource to guide us through the perils of buying efficient new appliances.

The top 10 energy efficiency guide is a quick and way to find the 10 most energy efficient models of any given appliance. You simply chose what you’re looking for and it’ll show you the makes and models of the most energy efficient, complete with average price and running costs. It’s a bit like Go Compare for energy efficient appliances.

So no more being mystified or misled by energy efficiency labels. With this handy resource you can achieve an A+++ grade for your energy efficient choices.

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