The European house
Energy savings in residential buildings in the EU

The European commitment to achieve energy savings translates into:
- Less costs
- More care for the environment
- More protections of consumers  

The energy performance certification of buildings    
The EU introduced an energy performance certification system to provide consumers with:
- Clear and detailed information on energy consumption of residential buildings
- Recommendations to improve energy efficiency  

Low-energy light bulbs 
Since 1 September 2012, conventional incandescent bulbs have been withdrawn from the market thanks to the application of Regulation (EC) n. 244/2009  

What changes will occur?  
- CO2 emissions will decrease by about 15 million tons a year
- The total electricity consumption of a house will decrease by 10-15% , implying an overall saving for Europe of 40 billion kilowatt/hour a year   
- New light bulbs use up to five times less electricity than traditional ones

Energy labelling   
- Directive 2010/30 EU introduced the common European energy label
- The energy label allows consumers to know the energy or water consumption of a product connected to an electric grid 
- By doing so consumers will be able to estimate the potential cost reduction and the functionality of a product

The energy-saving hoover  
- Since 1 September 2014, as established by the EU regulation n.666/2013, only hoovers with a power rating lower than 1600 watt can be marketed.     
- Starting from  2017 the power rate of hoovers should not exceed 900 watt
- Suction power is ensured and will not decrease

Last update: 10 December 2014