How to Select Energy Efficient Appliances
Today we are flooded with a variety of choices when we go to the market to buy electronic or electrical products. The number of choices available in the market confuses us instead of enabling us to take a decision. If the brand, budget, style and colour weren’t enough to confuse you, there’s an energy rating label on appliances for you to now study. Buying the right energy efficiency saving devices is now an important aspect to be considered. Since all these energy efficient appliances in Indian homes are a kind of investment and they are there to stay with you for atleast 8-12 years, it makes a lot of sense to understand the energy ratings of the appliances.
What is Energy Rating of Products?
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency or BEE, an initiative of the Ministry of Power, Government of India, provides star rating to products which displays energy performance labels on high energy end use equipment & appliances and lays down minimum energy performance standards. This is the government’s way to standardise energy consumption levels and help consumers make an informed decision on energy saving devices.
The labels which are divided into big and small labels contain a number of items. Ceiling fans, tubelights, computers and laptops and televisions use the smaller labels while bigger lables are used for refrigerators, air conditioners, geysers and washing machines.
What do the stars mean?
Though there are many things put on the lables, the highlight of the lables is the STARS which show the energy efficiency of the appliance. These stars on energy saving devices usually range from one, being the least efficient to five, being the most efficient product in its category. This is the most convenient way to understand the appliance’s power consumption. However, remember that star ratings of appliances change every year. A refrigerator of gross volume 250 Liters manufactured in the year 2010 consuming 385 units is rated five stars. A similar refrigerator of the same brand with all same specifications manufactured in 2012 is given four stars. This is because refrigerators manufactured in 2012 are consuming the less energy that that manufactured in 2010.
What if two appliances have the same number of stars?
Remember no two appliances are identical and so you should not rely only on the stars. BEE insists that the energy label must have the device’s kWh (KiloWatt Hour) usage per annum printed on their energy labels.
BEE understands that technology is changing very fast and therefore BEE also updates the energy ratings every year. Therefore to buy the best energy saving device, one must take note of the energy rating on the products.