EU rules force coffee machines to switch offWhat will these new EU rules mean for you?

05 January 2015

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New EU rules mean coffee machines must switch off or go on standby

New EU legislation requires all new coffee machines to have an automatic shut off or standby function.

The regulation means that espresso and drip-filter coffee machines will have to switch off after a period of inactivity - so you won't be able to leave your drip-filter jug idling on its warming plate all morning.

The European Commission said that the rule aims to reduce energy wastage. It also applies to other products, such as smart TVs and printers. 

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Coffee machines on standby

The rules apply differently to various types of coffee machine:

  • Espresso machines must switch off 30 minutes after use
  • Drip-filter coffee machines with insulated jugs (which keep your coffee warm) must switch off after just five minutes
  • Drip-filter coffee machines with non-insulated jugs must switch off after 40 minutes.

Many coffee machines already have an automatic shut-off function - Nespresso, for example, has been adding this feature to its coffee machines for a few years.

The rules only affect new coffee machines being made. Older models still on sale or ones you may have got for Christmas don't have to comply.

EU energy labels and regulations

It's not just coffee machines that the EU have been regulating. Most large kitchen appliances, such as fridge freezers and washing machines, have to display an energy rating label. 

We test all appliances for energy consumption, so whatever you're buying, it's worth taking a look at our energy costs calculator to help you find a model that won't guzzle energy and cost a fortune to run.

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