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BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 31 October '16
Manufacturers and installers urged to label heaters with efficiency ratings
The EU-wide LabelPack A+ project, funded by the EU-Commission, launched just over a year and a half ago. It extends the established labelling scheme for electrical appliances, such as washing machines and fridges, to space and water heating technologies.
The efficiency label category ranks heaters from G, the lowest category, to A+++, the most efficient solution. However, only heating systems that include renewable energy sources are awarded the label category of A+ or higher.
More action is needed
Initial results from the project show that more action is needed by manufacturers and installers of heating kit to label their technologies so that consumers can make informed choices.
‘We have developed tools and materials to facilitate the implementation of the package label on the energy efficiency of space and water heaters. A year on, it is evident that most consumers in Europe still lack information about the labelling for heating systems. Furthermore, a large number of installers still need to be trained about the use of the package label.’
Secretary general, European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF)
Promoting solar thermal
The regulation introduced the ‘package label’, which covers the different components of a heating system. This means consumers can consider ‘packages’ of technologies when investing in a new heating system, based on combined performance.
This approach lets consumers compare the performance of different heating systems, and highlights the advantage of opting for systems that include solar thermal collectors.
‘The package label is a great way to promote the benefits of solar thermal. It can be easily understood by consumers to help them make informed decisions when comparing heating options. The solar thermal industry will greatly benefit from better take-up of the labelling scheme, as it clearly demonstrates the superior energy saving benefits to consumers if solar thermal is included in their heating systems.’
Package label lead at the Solar Trade Association
The Solar Trade Association is helping manufacturers and installers understand the new labelling and label heating systems that include solar thermal.