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Understanding Energy Labelling – Solid Fuel Appliances



 May, 22 - 2017   Tips/Advice

HETAS has been helping installers and manufactures understand the changes this April with the Energy Labelling directive introduced in the UK/Europe by creating a guide, so they can help consumers make informed choices on solid fuel appliances in relation to the efficiency of the appliance

The Energy Labelling directive was implemented on independent boiler appliances and come January 2018, roomheater stove appliances will be required to comply with the new legislation. Woodburning and biomass appliances will likely be categorised as an A rating due to their renewable and zero carbon characteristics. Appliances capable of burning solid mineral and other fossil fuels such as gas and oil are likely to be classed lower.

Its important that installers understand what the Energy Labelling requirements represent so that they can support customers with appliance selection and choice.

However, it’s the manufacturer’s responsibility to make sure an eligible label is affixed to all solid fuel and biomass products and the labels meet the required design parameters detailed in the directive.

Bruce Allen, CEO of HETAS says;

“The new Energy Labelling directive affects both installers and manufacturers.

While the new legislation has been brought in to make consumer choice on appliances easier, manufacturers will need to ensure that their products are appropriately labelled, and installers will need to have a good understanding of the requirements to ensure commissioned installations are in compliance.”

Energy Labels which can already be found on a number of domestic appliances such as refrigerators offer a ratings score based on the overall verified efficiency of the appliance. Bruce continues: “Energy Labels are an important tool for consumers to determine whether a product will cut their carbon footprint and save them money on energy bills.”

For more information on the Energy Labelling requirements, advice and downloadable guides, HETAS members should visit https://www.hetas.co.uk/members-area/