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FTC Publishes New Ranges of Comparability for Energy Labels for Three Products

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Federal Trade Commission has amended its Energy Labeling Rule by publishing new ranges of comparability for required labels on central air conditioners, heat pumps and weatherized furnaces. The FTC is also updating the prototype and sample labels in the Rule to reflect these changes. These amendments will become effective Jan. 1, 2015.

The Energy Labeling Rule requires manufacturers of covered appliances to disclose specific energy consumption or efficiency information (derived from Department of Energy test procedures) at the point-of-sale. Each label must include a “range of comparability” indicating the highest and lowest energy consumption or efficiencies for comparable models.

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