Rule Concerning Disclosures Regarding Energy Consumption and Water Use of Certain Home Appliances and Other Products Required under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act ("Appliance Labeling Rule")
Recently, I have been considering the purchase of a new plasma/LCD TV and heard a story on my local Connecticut public radio station concerning the wide-range of energy usage between various new TV models. This was somewhat of a surprise to me - since I thought that all TVs were fairly uniform in terms of energy usage. In response, I tried comparing various models at a national retailer in terms of retail price and energy usage. I could not find any TV models with energy cost/usage information in the product or store advertising - despite the fact that I could walk a few feet to another isle and find other appliances such as refrigerators that had energy information including the use of the Energy Star program logo an important logo in my past buying decisions. I am writing as a concerned citizen concerning the FTC's proposed rule for disclosure and labeling of energy cost/consumption on televisions sold to the public. As the Commission has recognized, modern televisions use as much, or more, electricity than products, which are currently required to be labeled under the existing rule. There seems little reason to require labels on refrigerators, for example, and not require labeling of televisions when energy consumption of modern TVs has changed significantly since the 1970s when the original rule was developed. The Commission is to be commended for writing the proposed rule! As written, the proposed rule appears to balance the needs of industry while providing consumers with meaningful information on energy usage/cost. Such information is needed in order to help consumers like me make informed buying choices. Although the proposed rule is excellent, I would ask the Commission to consider the following additional comments in the attached file.