I’ve been writing a lot about labels lately. In the past few months I’ve covered the UL Environment Certification Mark, the DoE Lighting Facts Label, and the EC Energy-Efficiency Rating Label. Now the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is proposing a mandatory energy use label for televisions.
The proposed “Energy Guide” label, similar to those now required on appliances such as refrigerators, will show how a product’s energy use compares to others in the same category. Labels will also show yearly operating costs. Data will be derived from tests performed according to DOE test procedures.
Sample of proposed label for television sets
SOURCE: FTC Federal Register Notice
In addition to being displayed on the products themselves, the labels must also appear in catalogs and on websites offering the products for sale. The ENERGY STAR logo may also be used on the Energy Guide label for qualifying products.
Public comments on the proposal are due by May 14, 2010. For specific instructions on how to submit comments, see page 36 of the Federal Register Notice.