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The Federal Trade Commission has amended the Energy Labeling Rule, which requires manufacturers to attach yellow EnergyGuide labels to clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, room air conditioners, central air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, pool heaters and televisions. Specifically, the FTC is expanding coverage of the Lighting Facts label, requiring room air conditioner labels on packaging instead of the units themselves, enhancing the durability of appliance labels, and improving plumbing disclosure requirements. The amendments are effective Dec. 2, except for certain changes that will be implemented Nov. 2, 2016, or Nov. 2, 2017.

The FTC also welcomes input by Jan. 11, 2016, on proposed amendments to the Energy Labeling Rule that would require a new comprehensive label database on the Department of Energy’s website; new refrigerator comparability range information; labels for portable air conditioners, dual-mode refrigerators, and rooftop heating and cooling equipment; and revised labels for ceiling fans, central air conditioners and water heaters.

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