Requirements on electricity consumption and the obligation to bear an energy label apply today to numerous energy intensive household appliance.
Thanks to the energy label we can immediately identify the most energy-efficient household appliances. The label distinguishes seven energy-efficiency categories from green (highest efficiency) to red (lowest efficiency). It also contains additional valuable information: for example, it shows the exact energy consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh) as well as other appliance-specific information.
For smaller devices, of which there are usually a large number in households today, a general requirement applies for the reduction of electricity consumption in standby and off modes.
Since 1 January 2013 the maximum permissible consumption levels for standby and off modes are 1 and 0.5 watts respectively.
Small household devices are often supplied with electricity via external power supply units, and these, too, are subject to efficiency requirements.