New energy labels show how consumers could saveJohn Lewis and DECC launch energy labelling trial

12 September 2013


John Lewis has joined with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to launch a new energy labelling scheme showing lifetime running costs on home appliances. 

Lifetime cost calculations, which John Lewis and DECC claim could save consumers over £500 on energy costs over the lifetime of an appliance, will now be displayed alongside current appliance energy labels. They will be trialled on washing machines, washer dryers and tumble dryers in some John Lewis stores.

The cost calculations will be based on the current EU energy label regulations, which looks at the energy used during two 60ºC cotton cycles and one 40ºC cotton cycle. 

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Energy saving appliances 

When buying any new appliance, considering the running costs against the price tag could save you money in the long run. We've tested the energy usage of a number of big-ticket household items to show you what they add to your energy bills. 

When buying a major appliance, it's easy just to look at the price tag in the shop, but in reality that's only part of the cost. 

A cheap tumble dryer in the shops might look tempting, but it can add over £130 to your annual electricity bills. Whereas some of the more energy efficient, but costly dryers, will add around £40. A saving that really adds up over the years.

We base our washing machine and washer-dryer running cost calculations on the 40ºC cotton cycle, as it is the most frequently used program by our members.

To get an idea of what your appliance could cost, visit our energy cost calculator.

How to save energy

Our consumer insight tracker shows that energy prices are currently top of the list of consumers' concerns with 79% telling us they're worried about energy costs. So it's more important than ever to make sure you're saving where you can.

A couple of small changes in your household could save you hundreds of pounds in the long run:

  • Switching energy supplier could save you up to £141 a year - you can use our free and impartial service Which? Switch to do so easily.
  • Choosing gadgets which are cheaper to run could save you around £93.
  • Turning down your thermostat by just 1ºC could save you £65 a year.

For more energy saving tips, see our full guide on how to cut energy costs.

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