On July 16, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its approval of changes to the EnergyGuide labels for refrigerators and clothes washers.  The Commission has also updated the way comparative energy consumption information is displayed on labels for other types of appliances.  The changes are intended to help consumers compare products.

Under the Energy Labeling Rule, new clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, room air conditioners, central air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, pool heaters, and televisions must bear the yellow EnergyGuide labels.  The labels display the annual operating cost, an energy consumption rating, and a range for comparing the highest and lowest energy consumption for all similar models.  The new Rule goes into effect on November 13, 2013.

Click here to read the FTC's press release about the changes and access the text of the Federal Registernotice outlining the changes to the Rule.