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Most electrical goods bought online have misleading energy labels, study finds

March 2, 2016

Most electrical goods bought online have misleading energy labels, study finds

Arthur Neslen
Wednesday 2 March 2016 05.01 GMT

Most electrical goods bought online have either been given a misleading energy label or none at all, according to a three-year survey across 11 European countries.

By law, energy performance energy labels for products such as dishwashers, ovens and fridges must be displayed as prominently on a website as they are in shops.

But a study by MarketWatch, a group of civil society organisations, found that 20% of online goods had no label, 1% had the wrong label, and 35% were displayed in outdated or inaccessible forms.

These included pop-up boxes that consumers could only find by scrolling down to poorly advertised links at the bottom of the page.

Up to 10% of Europe’s expected energy savings by 2020 could be lost as a result of non-compliant products, the paper says - as much as the current residential electricity consumption of central and east Europe.

Read more at The Guardian.

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