Appliance firms must prove energy saving claims
I don’t have much to say about this other than it’s about time. I know most people pay little attention to the energy label when purchasing a new appliance because they are making their selection based on how it looks and what it does. But if you are interested in the energy conservation side of things and want to make an educated decision, the existing tags can be rather misleading and in some cases outright false. My reasoning for saying such things isn’t because the manufacturers are trying to scam anyone, but it has more to do with what isn’t being said. Many new appliances are very energy efficient when being used in a specific way, such as a dishwasher that gives the option of turning off the heated dry. That is great, but most people don’t like to dry off their dishes as they empty the dishwasher. So does the energy savings still hold true if the customer chooses to use the heated dry feature? Or what happens when the energy usage sample is taken in a controlled condition with such things as a refrigerators ice maker turned off? The ice maker itself isn’t a big energy hog, but making ice every hour for years can add up and I am not always sure if that information makes it onto these labels. All I can say is I hope something good comes out of this government intervention for the benefit of the consumer. But still, it is important to be educated about what you are buying and ask the right questions. – Me
Those yellow labels on appliances that declare how much power they’ll use and show you how much you’ll save because of their energy efficiency may not be as truthful as you think.
Because of that doubt, the U.S. Department of Energy said last week it’s giving appliance makers 30 days to provide more accurate information on their products’ energy use. And it promised to take a tougher stance to enforce energy-efficiency standards.
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