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More ticks for efficient air-cons, refrigerators and clothes dryers under new label system

Published on Aug 22, 2014 11:36 AM
 
The current energy label from the National Environment Agency. Buying energy-efficient home appliances will become easier from September. -- PHOTO: NEA

SINGAPORE - Buying energy-efficient home appliances will become easier from September.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) is tweaking its labelling system for air-conditioners, refrigerators and clothes dryers to make it easier for buyers to choose more energy-efficient models, it announced on Friday.

Under the existing four-tick system, buyers had the option of buying zero-tick appliances - those that meet only the minimum efficiency standards set by NEA - or four-tick ones, considered most energy-efficient.

This has often caused confusion among consumers who may not know what labels with no ticks meant, said the NEA. But air-conditioners and clothes dryer will now have a five-tick system. One-tick models will be those that meet minimum standards, while five-tick ones will be considered most efficient.

 
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