New energy labels for electrical appliances? [News]
By Esther Ng, Today, 9 Feb 2012.
Consumers could get new energy labels showing the estimated energy cost of operating the appliance, to help them make more informed choices.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) is reviewing the design of energy labels and is looking into incorporating this cost onto the label, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan in a written parliamentary reply recently.
He was responding to Hougang Member of Parliament Yaw Shin Leong, who had asked if these labels have been effective in influencing consumer choice for more energy-saving products.
As electricity tariffs change, the NEA is looking into how suppliers and retailers can balance their “associated costs” and reflect the operating cost of appliances accurately and in a “timely” and accurate manner, Mr Balakrishnan said.