Appliance maker misleads on energy use

Smeg pays £40,000 to charity to make amends for underestimating the energy consumption of its ovens

Smeg (UK) made misleading claims over the energy efficiency of a model of oven which it manufacturers, according to the National Measurement Office.

The NMO recently conducted an investigation into compliance of a number of household ovens. As a result, an oven made by Smeg (UK) was found to use an average of 17.7% more energy than the energy label placed on the appliance.

The NMO's inquiries discovered that the oven had undergone a number of design changes affecting energy performance of which the company had failed to accurately keep track.

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