Trade Commission Launches New EnergyGuide Label for Appliances
August 29, 2007
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced in early August that it has finalized its revisions to the EnergyGuide label, which helps U.S. consumers compare the energy performance of many appliances. The new EnergyGuide label will still be a familiar yellow color, but will feature a streamlined look that prominently displays the estimated annual operating cost for most appliances.
Providing energy use data in terms of cost—rather than kilowatt-hours of electricity or British thermal units of natural gas—provides a clear context for consumers to compare different models. It also allows for a more informed decision when consumers trade off the up-front cost of an appliance with its annual operating cost. See the FTC press release.