White goods are still missing energy labelsFirms face action if they continue to flout rules

28 June 2007

 

Energy grading label

You can't always trust energy labels

A trading standards survey of fridges, freezers, washing machines and other kitchen appliances on sale found a quarter are still not carrying special energy rating labels.

The labels - designed to help consumers assess the ‘green’ credentials of products before they buy – are required by law.

But they were missing from 23 per cent of goods checked in the three month long survey across the South East.

Trading Standards Officers (TSOs) from eight local authorities checked some 8,316 appliances on sale in a range of outlets, including national and independent electrical and DIY stores, department stores and fitted kitchen suppliers.

Greener choices

Letters are to be sent to non-compliant firms reminding them of their responsibilities.

The chairman of the Trading Standards Institute (TSI), Dave Roderick, said: ‘It is extremely disappointing that nearly a quarter of all appliances are still being displayed without the energy information required by law to help consumers make an informed choice.

‘Our advice to consumers is simple: if a product has not got an energy label, ask to see it - and if it is still not forthcoming, go elsewhere.’

The regulations governing energy labelling on white goods have been introduced over the past 10 years in a bid to help consumers make ‘green’ choices.

Labels indicate the power and water efficiency of a range of products, using a ‘traffic light’ style rating.