Higher green standards for home appliances from next year [News]
By Jessica Cheam, The Straits Times, 7 Mar 2012.
The appliances in your home are about to get greener – and electricity bills could shrink in tandem.
The Government is raising the mandatory energy-efficiency standards of refrigerators and air-conditioners sold on the market from next year. These two items typically make up half a household’s energy consumption. The standards for lights will also be raised, by 2014.
This means that more of such appliances that do not hit a certain energy efficiency target will not be approved for sale.
It will also be harder to qualify for the three- or four-tick classification. The more ticks a gadget carries, the more energy-efficient it is. Four ticks are the maximum. Those with no ticks cannot be sold.
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Source: The Straits Times