FTC Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to the Energy Labeling Rule
Amendments would create consumer EnergyGuide labels for portable air conditioners
The Federal Trade Commission has approved a Federal Register notice (FRN) seeking public comments on proposed changes to the agency’s Energy Labeling Rule. The Commission proposes amending the Rule to require EnergyGuide labels for portable air conditioners and update the energy efficiency descriptors for central air conditioners. The Commission also seeks comment on the burden of certain labeling requirements in Sections 305.13 and 305.20 of the Rule.
The FTC’s Energy Labeling Rule, issued in 1979 under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, requires energy labeling for major home appliances and other consumer products to help consumers compare the energy usage and costs of competing models. The Rule requires manufacturers to attach yellow EnergyGuide labels to many of the products it covers and prohibits retailers from removing or altering these labels.
In the FRN announced today, the FTC proposes establishing EnergyGuide labels for portable air conditioners. The Commission already sought public comments in past proceedings on portable air conditioner labels, which are similar to those already required for room air conditioners. The FTC proposes requiring these EnergyGuide labels starting on January 10, 2025, to coincide with new Department of Energy (DOE) efficiency standards applicable to these products.
In addition to the proposed changes regarding portable air conditioners, the FTC proposes updating the Rule to conform with new DOE energy descriptors for central air conditioners that will become effective in 2023.
The Commission also seeks comments on current requirements for layout, format, and adhesion of EnergyGuide labels in Sections 305.13 and 305.20 of the Rule.
The Commission vote approving publication of the notice in the Federal Register was was 5-0, with Commissioner Christine S. Wilson issuing a separate statement. Once it has been published in the Register, consumers can submit comments electronically. Consumers also may submit comments in writing by following the instructions in the “Supplementary Information” section of the FRN.