FTC Approves Energy Labeling Rule Changes and Seeks Comment on Others

The Rule helps consumers consider the energy cost of consumer products

FTC Approves Energy Labeling Rule Changes and Seeks Comment on Others
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September 12, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved amendments to the Energy Labeling Rule to improve access to energy labels online and improve labels for refrigerators, ceiling fans, central air conditioners, and water heaters.

The Rule helps consumers consider the energy cost of consumer products by requiring yellow EnergyGuide labels on certain appliances to help consumers compare similar models.

The labels provide consumers with an estimated annual operating cost and an energy consumption rating, and a range for comparing the highest and lowest energy consumption for all similar models.

In addition to these amendments, the Commission seeks comment on a proposal to eliminate certain marking provisions for plumbing products as well as new labeling for portable air conditioners, large-diameter and high-speed small-diameter ceiling fans, and instantaneous electric water heaters.