When it comes to buying a new household appliance like a fridge freezer or dishwasher there is so much choice available. The appliance marketplace is full of respected brands and manufacturers, producing appliances to suit any budget. Like any purchase you want to get value for money and you will probably shop around or use a comparison website to ensure you’re not paying over the odds.

A new initiative from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) takes this a step further by giving you information on how much it will cost to run a particular appliance over its lifespan.

Under EU rules, appliances have come with energy ratings for a while now, but the new labelling system is designed to make the impact and savings all the more clear.  It is feared that the current system is often overlooked by consumers as they are unclear as to what the benefits of opting for an energy efficient appliance are and how these can translate into significant savings.

High street and online retailer, John Lewis will trial the new labelling system, which will allow easy comparison of running costs as well as the initial outlay. This change should enable you to make a more informed decision when it comes to buying new; however there are also cost saving benefits in opting for a repair – especially if you can do it yourself and the appliance is still fairly new. For more information on the benefits of appliance repairs read our earlier blog post.

We are interested to see if you think the new labelling system is a good idea and whether you think it will impact on your decision making when it comes to purchasing a new home appliance. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below:

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