Energy and Water Efficient Appliances Guide

Before buying any electric or energy consuming appliances always check if it is an energy efficient appliance? Does it save energy and water? Then only it can be an Eco-friendly appliance and help us in our sustainable lifestyle. However, how to check that? Here is a world wide list of energy efficiency standards to help us decide our green or Eco-friendly appliance.

Worldwide there are different energy efficiency standards, ratings or labels. Some countries have their own standards some countries are following standards set by other countries. Most of them are similar. Some are voluntary, some are mandatory.
Here is the list of most of these standards & labels listed according to their country of origin.


Made in India – BEE star ratings (Buro of Energy Efficiency, India)

Made In US – Energy Star Label, California Energy commission

Made in Australia– Energy Star rating
Made In UK – Energy saving recommended certification

Made in Germany– Blue angel, Nordic Swan

Made in European Union– Energy plus, EU Eco Label, the Group for Energy Efficient Appliances (GEEA)

Made in Japan– Top runner label

Made in Singapore– Energy Efficiency rating, NAE (National Environment Agency)

In the Asian market, the China Energy Conservation Project is expected to issue standards for electronics. Korea’s voluntary Energy Saving Office Equipment & Home Electronics Program is important.
Other worldwide Energy efficiency labels are as follows

Made/Sold in UAE- Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) has developed a new energy efficiency rating system specifically for UAE. The importance is given to water efficiency as well, especially for washing machines (annual water consumption is considered for rating purpose). UAE doesn’t have its own natural water resource, the sea water is desalinated on huge quantities for day to day water consumption. That’s why this rating system is more appropriate than usual energy rating systems for the country.


Always check energy efficiency labels on the appliances before you buy any and become a conscious consumer! Would appreciate if you send me an energy efficiency logo which is not listed above. Join our Tribe here and learn more about sustainable lifestyle!
Note: This is probably an only cumulative collection of worldwide energy efficiency standards present on the web. This post was originally published in June 2009 and is one of most popular post on this blog. But recently I came across the UAE’s own energy efficiency label and felt the need to update and republish this post. Please find the new addition at the end of the list.
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