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Updates to Energy Labelling Requirements for Some Appliances under Consideration

In accordance with a requirement to update range of comparability and annual energy cost information every five years, the Federal Trade Commission is seeking comments by 4 December on a proposal to amend the Energy Labeling Rule by updating ranges of comparability and unit energy cost figures on EnergyGuide labels for dishwashers, furnaces, room air conditioners and pool heaters. Manufacturers would have to begin using this new information on product labels within 90 days after publication of a final rule. Derived from annual data submitted by manufacturers, comparability ranges show the highest and lowest energy costs or energy efficiency ratings of models similar to the labelled product. The FTC is also proposing to set 1 October 2018 as the compliance date for previously announced changes to EnergyGuide labels for room air conditioners.

On the other hand, the FTC is not proposing to amend range and cost information for EnergyGuide labels for refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, water heaters, central air conditioners and televisions because label information for these products has been updated recently. According to the agency, changing labels for these products again would unnecessarily burden manufacturers and potentially confuse consumers by introducing new label information in the marketplace too soon after recent changes.

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