What is ‘A-Rated’?
Appliances have long offered helpful ratings on their energy efficiency to help you make the right choice, but now the ratings are being applied to more areas of your home.
Your home can be a C, while your fridge is an A++ and your boiler is a G…but what does it all mean? Within the EU each appliance sold must be categorised and display the appropriate Energy rating sticker. In the UK, the National Measurements Office is responsible for enforcement of this law.
Each appliance has its own scale; washing machines, fridges, and dishwashers are measured on a scaled of G to A+++, freezers up to a A++ and all other appliances from G to A. The scale grades the energy consumption in kWh (Kilowatts per hour), and the less kWh used, the more efficient the appliance, and the higher the rating.
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Boilers receive a similar treatment, being graded on a percentage scale of energy efficiency to help consumers choose one that will heat their home effectively and reduce their heating bills. Moving from a G-rated to an A-rated boiler will save consumers over £300 per year based on current energy costs.
Double-glazing is another area to receive an energy rating standard. The Window Energy Rating (WER) scheme is overseen by the British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) and, similar to appliances, rates windows from A to G.
The rating scheme measures the whole window, from frame to glass to the spacer between the glass panes. The grading measures heat loss, heat gain (from the sun), and air leakage with A-rated windows being classed as having ‘zero heat loss’.
Installing A-rated windows can help contribute to a better EPC rating for your entire home when it comes time to sell or rent it. An EPC, or Energy Performance Certificate, measures the energy efficiency and the environmental impact of your property. Everything from energy saving light bulbs to insulation, to the quality of your windows is measured to build an overall rating of how efficient your home is – and how efficient it could be.
You can find out more about A-rated windows and how to improve your EPC rating by contacting us.