New ecodesign rules on household appliances

Minimum energy efficiency levels and other environmental standards have been set for washing machines and dishwashers placed on the EU market from December 2011. The rules are contained in two regulations published in the Official Journal on Thursday.

Alongside an energy efficiency benchmark, washing machines will also have a limit on water use from December 2011. This limit will be lowered from December 2013. At the same time machines over 4kg in capacity will have a tighter energy efficiency standard.

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