The Federal Trade Commission has issued a final rule amending its Energy Labeling Rule to establish new ranges of comparability for required EnergyGuide labels on clothes washers. Manufacturers have until May 11 to begin using the updated ranges on their labels. This rule also removes obsolete regulatory text applicable to models produced before March 7, 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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