DUMAGUETE CITY – The Department of Energy will require energy labeling and energy standards to be attached to appliances showing how energy efficient are items like refrigerators, flat irons, electric fans or air conditioning units for the information of consumers.
The Department of Energy recently sponsored a three-day consultation regarding the Energy Standards and Labeling Program. The consultation was attended by loval government units, the DTI, suppliers, and business establishments.
Isagani Soriano, division chief of lighting and appliances testing lab of DOE, said the government’s labelling program started way back in 1991 but did not then include appliances with converters.
He said the energy label would mean the appliance has already been tested and its claims and performance already certified. If there is no energy label, then that means the product is not covered by quality standards. Old stocks that have no labels but have passed the standards will be allowed. Only new shipments will be required for labeling.
There are penalties for those who will not comply. He said everyone is responsible—manufacturers, importers, distributors—all who are part of the industry. The program will be effective if people patronize products with energy labels.
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