If you manufacture or sell certain household electrical appliances you must label your products clearly with their energy efficiency rating so that consumers can make better informed decisions - see energy labelling: which products does it apply to?
If you hire out electrical equipment, run hire purchase schemes or sell products using methods such as mail order, catalogue or the internet, you must provide your customers with the equipment's energy efficiency rating.
You do not need to provide an energy efficiency rating for second-hand goods.
You may not need to label your products if they are exempt from the regulations. Exemptions are based on the size and power rating of the equipment. You can find details of these exemptions in the relevant energy information regulations - see energy labelling legislation.
What energy information must you provide?
If you supply household electrical appliances, you must provide information about the energy consumption of the appliance in the relevant language on request. You must make this information available for at least five years after production of the appliance has stopped.
If you sell household electrical appliances you must display the product's energy consumption clearly, such as how much electricity the product uses in kilowatt hours. This information is for customers who visit your retail outlet or who could buy goods from you through mail order, the internet or other means.
European product database for energy labelling
As of 1 January 2019, suppliers (manufacturers, importers or authorised representatives) must upload information about their products into the European product database for energy labelling (EPREL) before placing products on the European market.
Consumers will be able to search the database for energy labels and product information sheets from the second quarter 2019.
How to create energy labels
Companies can create their own labels for energy efficiency products using the energy label generator.
Who enforces energy labelling?
The National Measurement and Regulation Office has been appointed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as the market surveillance authority for the UK.