The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff has prepared this list of questions and answers to help manufacturers comply with the Appliance Labeling Rule. The Rule requires manufacturers of certain home appliances to disclose specific energy consumption or efficiency information, derived from Department of Energy (DOE) test procedures, on “EnergyGuide” labels. Additional information about the FTC’s appliance labeling requirements can be found at the FTC’s Web site, at www.ftc.gov/energy. If you have questions about DOE test procedures and conservation standards, please contact that agency at 202-586-9127.
The Rule requires EnergyGuide labels for clothes washers, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, dishwashers, window air conditioners, central air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps and pool heaters. (The Rule also has labeling requirements for certain light bulbs, plumbing products, and ceiling fans.)
There are two reporting requirements under the Rule (see 16 CFR § 305.8):
The Appliance Labeling Rule does not require a specific reporting format. The FTC staff, however, encourages manufacturers to use the following spreadsheet files, or templates, for reporting purposes. The completed reports should be emailed to: email@example.com.
No. The Appliance Labeling Rule does not require a manufacturer to obtain FTC “approval” before labeling and selling its products. Manufacturers, however, must meet the FTC reporting requirements before covered appliances are distributed. In addition, the manufacturer must comply with DOE testing and certification requirements.
When the estimated annual operating cost or energy efficiency rating on the EnergyGuide label of a covered product falls outside the current range for that product (which could result from the introduction of a new or changed model), the manufacturer must:
Appendix L of the Appliance Labeling Rule contains a sample label illustrating how to comply with this provision.
Manufacturers can use the template files located at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/eande/contentframe_appliance_buscom_labels.html.
In addition, a sample of the EnergyGuide label can be found here. Appendix L of the Rule also contains a series of sample EnergyGuide labels. Manufacturers are responsible for producing their own labels for their products in accordance to the specific requirements in the Appliance Labeling Rule.
Manufacturers can use the template files located at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/eande/contentframe_appliance_buscom_lamplabel.html.
In addition, examples of the Lighting Facts label can be found here.
When calculating operating costs on the EnergyGuide label, manufacturers should use the national average cost figures specified in the Rule at 16 CFR Part 305, Appendix K.