The Republic of Moldova could save 820 million lei (170 million euros) annually, if all appliances were of high-energy class.
According to an analysis carried out by the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure, the use of energy-efficient household appliances can have not only financial advantages but also environmental ones and, over time, can also help the country’s reducing its dependence on imported energy resources.
“The demand for electricity increases every year and the Republic of Moldova depends on 74 per cent on imported energy resources,” highlighted Minister Sergiu Răilean. “This dependence creates a high risk for the country’s energy security. An immediate solution, which would reduce this risk, would be to optimise energy consumption. Given that 42 per cent of the annual electricity consumption comes from households, buying appliances with low electricity consumption is a good solution for both the consumers and the State.”
For example, a class A+++ refrigerator will consume approximately 160 kilowatts per hour (kWh) per year, while a class B refrigerator will consume around 434 kWh/year. If a person decides to change a class B refrigerator with a class A+++ one, will save over 517 lei (almost 110 euros) annually.
Lastly, high electricity consumption leads to massive environmental pollution. In 2009, the use of household appliances meant over 513,000 tons of CO2 emitted. Since 2014, most of the appliances on the market must be accompanied by an energy label that informs the consumer about its energy consumption.