When buying new household appliances the easiest way to save money and energy is to look for the Energy Efficiency logo.
The Energy Saving Trust display their logo (see right) on all products that are energy efficient. This is your guarantee that the product will save energy, cost less to run and help the environment.
The logo can be found on:
laundry and dishwashing appliances
gas boilers and oil boilers
loft insulation and draught proofing
cavity wall and solid wall insulation
All recommended energy efficient appliances like refrigerators and washing machines will carry the European Energy label. The label rates products from A++ (the most efficient/least energy used), down to G (the least efficient/most energy used).
Which? has some great examples of these, and more information about energy efficency labels in general.
By law, the label must be shown on all refrigeration and laundry appliances, dishwashers, electric ovens and light bulb packaging.
Products that display the Energy Efficiency Recommended logo meet or exceed specified energy efficiency requirements and are backed by the Government. For more information on energy labels see the Defra leaflet.