Landlords are informed in a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) report that domestic appliances are not reaching standards they claim to meet on their labels.

The department examined labels highlighting qualities such as energy use and efficiency.

Items were tested in accordance with these declarations - which some failed to meet.

The report, released on December 2nd, advised landlords and consumers that 16 of the 24 best selling washing machines tested did not match standards set out on their labels.

Four of the washer-dryers failed to dry correctly, meaning landlords could think they have purchased an energy efficient appliance but the longer drying time means energy consumption may be higher.

Dan Norris, environment minister, said: "When people buy a new household appliance, they need to be confident that if it says it is energy efficient, it will live up to those standards."

Defra's studies, which are not full legal compliance testing, are at a time when energy efficient labels have become a product differentiator, a spokesperson for British Eco Energy said.

On October 21st 2009, the Department of Energy and Climate Change announced that industry regulator Ofgem will soon receive powers to police abuses in the market.

Written by Sarah FieldADNFCR-2002-ID-19499191-ADNFCR

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