Table lamp sat on a bedside table next to a metal bed with a pink light coming from the lamp and green stars stuck to the wall in the background

New energy ratings for 2021

Table lamp sat on a bedside table with a pink light coming from the lamp and green stars stuck to the wall in the background

New energy ratings for 2021

Images showing old energy ratings against new energy ratings using red, orange, yellow and green arrows and letters from A to G

Why have energy labels changed?

Since March 2021, a new A to G scale has replaced the previous A+++ to D system. The new system is simpler so it’s easy to see at-a-glance which are the most energy-efficient appliances.


It also allows for innovation because it has space to recognise future energy efficiency improvements. Many of today’s most efficient products won’t get the new A rating, so manufacturers will have to increase efficiencies to reach the highest grade.

Images showing old energy ratings against new energy ratings using red, orange, yellow and green arrows and letters from A to G

Why have energy labels changed?

Since March 2021, a new A to G scale has replaced the previous A+++ to D system. The new system is simpler so it’s easy to see at-a-glance which are the most energy-efficient appliances.


It also allows for innovation because it has space to recognise future energy efficiency improvements. Many of today’s most efficient products won’t get the new A rating, so manufacturers will have to increase efficiencies to reach the highest grade.

Row of Hive smart light bulbs, including E27, B22, E14 and GU10 bulbs, on a white background

Hive bulbs haven't changed, even if their rating has

Products that used to get the top rating in the older system will only qualify for much lower grades in the new one. For example, Hive Bulbs were previously top-rated, and they will only get an F or G rating now.


But don’t panic - this doesn’t mean they’ve suddenly got worse! They’re just as efficient as they’ve always been, it’s just that the goal posts have moved.

Row of Hive smart light bulbs, including E27, B22, E14 and GU10 bulbs, on a white background

Hive bulbs haven't changed, even if their rating has

Products that used to get the top rating in the older system will only qualify for much lower grades in the new one. For example, Hive Bulbs were previously top-rated, and they will only get an F or G rating now.


But don’t panic - this doesn’t mean they’ve suddenly got worse! They’re just as efficient as they’ve always been, it’s just that the goal posts have moved.

Hive: helping you live sustainably

Here at Hive, we are striving to be as sustainable as possible and will continue to work with our suppliers to improve energy efficiency across all our products, so that you can live more sustainably too.

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