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Have you been shopping for a refrigerator or washer lately? If so, you probably noticed many of the appliances in the store have a bright yellow and black label on them. While you may know this “EnergyGuide Label” provides an idea of what it will cost to operate the appliance, most people are not aware of how to gain the most value from the information it contains.
First of all, it is worth noting that appliance energy labels have been around for quite a while.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued the Energy Labeling Rule in 1979 pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975. The rule requires energy labeling for major home appliances and other consumer products to help consumers compare competing models. It also prohibits retailers from removing the labels or rendering them illegible. In addition, retailers, are directed to post label information on their websites and in paper catalogs from which consumers order products.
When it was first published, the rule applied to eight product categories: refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, freezers, dishwashers, water heaters, clothes washers, room air conditioners and furnaces. Over time the FTC expanded the rule to include central air conditioners, heat pumps, plumbing products, lighting products, ceiling fans and televisions. Clothes dryers, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, ovens and ranges are still exempt from labeling.
EnergyGuide labels contain three key product disclosures: Estimated annual energy cost; a product's energy consumption or energy efficiency rating as determined from U.S. Department of Energy test procedures; and a comparability range displaying the highest and lowest energy costs or efficiency ratings for all similar models.
While there are four particular formats for EnergyGuide labels, all four present the following:
1. The manufacturer, model and size of the appliance it is attached to.
2. Cost to run the appliance for a year, based on its electric use in an “average” household and the national average cost of energy.
3. A cost range to compare the energy use of different models with similar features.
4. An estimate of how much electricity the appliance uses in a year based on typical use.
5. If you see the ENERGY STAR® logo on the label too, it means the appliance met certain quality, energy efficiency, environmental and warranty criteria to be considered better than average.
What if you cannot find the EnergyGuide label on the appliance, Look inside or on the back of the appliance; the label might be there. You can also check the retailer’s or manufacturer’s websites to see the EnergyGuide for a particular appliance.
Though shopping for the right appliance can be difficult when considering all the features, product reviews and prices, the EnergyGuide label can at least reduce some of the questions you might have about energy usage. For more ideas on saving energy while running your home, along with possible EnergyWiseSM energy efficiency financial incentives, contact your local utility or visit www.nppd.com.