Testlab influences producers!
Tests consumer products
Testlab is the Energy Agency’s laboratory for testing and proofing. Testlab regularly carries out checks on washing machines, cookers, ovens, vacuum cleaners and other energy-intensive household appliances. Testing is carried out on the basis of consumer needs for functional, energy-saving products. That a washing machine should be expected to rinse efficiently or that an oven can be used for baking perhaps sounds obvious – but they must also consume little energy, be simple to use and not be noisy in operation.
As the results of testing often encourage companies to improve their products, Testlab actually influences product development. In the best-case scenario, manufacturers and importers have new products tested before they are launched on the market. Test results are also included in the information disseminated to households and companies by the Energy Agency.
Develops testing and proofing methods
Testlab uses nationally and internationally recognised testing and proofing methods. Testlab also participates in Swedish and international standardisation programmes to modify and develop testing methods that replicate real-life conditions.
Checks energy labelling
The Energy Agency is responsible for supervising energy labelling of such appliances as white goods and air-conditioning units. Energy labelling is mandatory in all the EU nations. Testlab checks that energy labels are in compliance with regulations and also carries out spot checks in white goods stores.