DOE to issue new yellow label for appliancesWednesday, May 23, 2012 01:59 AM Views : 935Jose Mari Garcia
CITY OF BALANGA, Bataan, May 23 (PIA) –- The Department of Energy (DOE) will issue a new yellow label which will be more understandable to consumers looking for energy efficient appliances and lighting equipment.
This was disclosed during the recent Seminar on Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program in Government Offices and Agencies in Bataan as DOE campaigns in provinces nationwide, advising people to conserve electricity amid continuing issues on energy sufficiency.
“The new yellow label will serve as the guide for consumers in choosing energy efficient appliances and lighting equipment,” said Engr. Nelson Fajardo of the DOE-Luzon Field Office. “The consumers will be able to conserve energy if they choose the right appliance and their electric consumption will be lessened,” he added.
Fajardo said the new yellow label, also called energy guide, shows stars to depict the effectiveness of an appliance in saving electricity compared to the old design which displays the energy efficiency ratio. Graded up to five stars, the appliance with more stars means it has higher efficiency.
“The label is just undergoing promulgation. It will be released soon to improve understanding. Buyers will not be cheated now regarding quality,” said Fajardo.
Participating national agencies expressed approval over the new energy guide, saying this small label will have a big impact to reducing energy consumption.
“I now understand more the efficiency of an appliance because of the detailed label. In offices and in houses, we could save electricity. The proper ways of conserving are shared in this undertaking of the DOE,” said Evelyn Sunglo of the National Food Authority-Bataan.
Yellow labels could be found in air conditioners, refrigerators, lamp ballasts, and compact fluorescent lamps. DOE disclosed that the label will also be attached to linear fluorescent lamps, audio-video equipment, clothes washers, other types of lamp, and energy saving devices.
An energy efficient appliance may cost more to purchase but it can save the buyer money and energy over its lifetime, DOE said.