Since 1 January 2018, individual heating devices (like inserts, fireplaces and wood-burning stoves, fuelled by pellets or gas) must be given an energy performance classification. This information can be found on an energy label, like the ones currently found commercially on household electrical items (fridges, washing machines etc.). A European Union directive has been introduced to provide consumers with information about the ecological and economical benefits of the latest stoves.
The energy label provides three main pieces of information:
The energy index, ranging from A++ to G, is calculated according to different criteria, associated with energy consumption. These are mainly the following elements:
These criteria explain how Stûv stoves are all A++ for the Stûv P-10, A+ and A for wood stoves and inserts and B and C for gas stoves.
While the energy label tells you about the energy consumed by the fire - its consumption is closely linked to its environmental impact - other labels provide direct information about the environmental performance of a stove or insert. This is particularly so for the “Flamme Verte” label, which guarantees excellent energy performance and low fine particle emissions.
As well as this, choosing a next generation fire to replace an old heating solution means that you save fuel, improve the efficiency of your heating and produce less air pollution.