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Look for 5 ticks to save power

Energy efficiency labelling for appliances

Buying energy-efficient home appliances will soon become easier.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) will have a new labelling system for air-conditioners, refrigerators and clothes dryers from next month, to indicate how energy-efficient they are.

Under the existing four-tick system, some appliances on the market can be labelled with no ticks. This means they meet only the minimum efficiency standards set by NEA. Those with four ticks are considered most energy-efficient.

This has often caused confusion among consumers, the NEA said yesterday.

Under the new system, air-conditioners and clothes dryers will have one-tick to five-tick labels.

One-tick models will be those that meet minimum standards, while five-tick ones will be considered most efficient.

For refrigerators, the four-tick system will remain as five-tick refrigerators are not yet available here.

The new energy labels will also include the estimated cost of running these machines.

The requirements to be met for each tick are also being revised upward. Models of air-conditioners, refrigerators and clothes dryers will have to be more efficient than before to be get a high tick rating.

For instance, four-tick refrigerator models under the old system may be classified as three-tick under the new system.

The NEA said this upward revision in requirements was because there are more energy-efficient appliances on the market.

This would give manufacturers more incentive to produce more eco-friendly products. It will also allow consumers to choose appliances which are most efficient.