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U.S. Federal Trade Commission revises energy labeling rules

2020-01-10
790 Author: NTEK
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    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has made a number of amendments to the energy labeling rules, including expanding the scope of application of lighting information labels, requiring indoor air-conditioning labels to be posted from the fuselage to packaging, improving the durability of electrical labels, and improving the disclosure of pipeline information. . These amendments came into effect on December 2, but certain changes were implemented on November 2, 2016 or November 2, 2017.

    The US Federal Trade Commission also solicited opinions on a number of amendments, with a deadline of January 11, 2016. The bill involves asking the U.S. Department of Energy website to establish a brand new database of detailed labels; new information on the refrigerator's comparative range; labels for mobile air conditioners, dual-cooling refrigerators, and roof heating and cooling equipment; and ceiling fans, central air conditioners, and water heaters Revision label.

    The energy labeling rules were enacted in 1979, stipulating that major home appliances and other consumer products must be affixed with energy labels to help consumers compare different types of electrical products. When first announced, the rules applied to eight categories of products: refrigerators, refrigerators with freezer boxes, freezers, dishwashers, water heaters, washing machines, room air conditioners and furnaces. Since then, the Federal Trade Commission has extended the scope of the rules to central air-conditioning systems, heat pumps, plumbing fixtures, lighting products, ceiling fans and televisions. The rules stipulate that manufacturers must affix yellow EnergyGuide labels to many types of regulated products, and prohibit retailers from removing or making labels illegible. In addition, electrical appliance sellers (including retailers) must publish label information on their websites and paper catalogs for consumers to order products.

    The Energy Guidelines label contains 3 important pieces of information: the estimated annual energy cost (most products); the energy consumption or energy efficiency rating of the product as determined by the US Department of Energy test procedures; and the comparison range of the highest and lowest energy consumption for all products of the same type. . The rules stipulate that manufacturers must calculate energy costs based on national average energy (such as electricity, gas, and oil) cost data released by the US Department of Energy. The comparison range and annual energy cost information will be updated every 5 years.

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