The end of the YAECI project
19. 03. 2015
The European YAECI (Yearly Appliance Energy Cost Indication) project was successfully completed on 19th March 2015. Consumers, consumer associations and many of the retailers who participated in the project remain enthusiastic about this initiative to display the average annual running costs in euros on their price tags of appliances, both in shops and online in addition to the Energy label, which consumers often do not really understand.
YAECI was a three year project co-financed by the European Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme. Following the Dutch initiative the Energy Indicator ("EnergieWeter"), the average annual running costs in euros of domestic appliances and TVs are now displayed in hundreds of shops and web-shops throughout nine countries in Europe. Thanks to the project, consumers are likely to make a better informed purchase decision by not only taking the shop price of product into consideration, but also the annual running costs. The energy indicator demonstrates clearly that a product which at a first glance seems more expensive, can work out cheaper in the long- run as the more efficient appliances use less energy. Water rates are also mentioned on the price tag in those countries where these are relatively high.
In general the YAECI project has contributed to more energy efficient appliances being produced and to motivating consumers to purchase more energy efficient appliances across nine European countries. There is continued interest in supporting and promoting the display of annual running costs for consumers to help motivate them to buy more efficient appliances.
Retailers and consumers wishing to learn more about the project and the results can visit the YAECI website where the final YAECI report will soon be available for download.
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