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FTC Approves Updates to Energy Labeling Rule

The Federal Trade Commission has amended its Energy Labeling Rule by updating comparability range and cost information for several products, including dishwashers, furnaces, pool heaters and room air conditioners.

The Rule seeks to help consumers consider the energy cost of consumer products by requiring yellow EnergyGuide labels on certain appliances and other products. The labels provide an estimated annual energy cost, an energy consumption rating, and a range for comparing the highest and lowest energy costs for all similar models.

In November 2017, the Commission sought public comments on updates to the Rule. After reviewing comments received, the agency now amends the Rule by updating the comparability range and cost information, and by setting a compliance date of October 1, 2019, for EnergyGuide labels on room air conditioner boxes.

The Commission vote to approve the Federal Register Notice containing final amendments to the Energy Labeling Rule was 2-0. The Notice is available on the FTC’s website and as a link to this press release and soon will be published in the Federal Register. (FTC File No. R611004; the staff contact is Hampton Newsome, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 202-326-2889)

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