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March 17, 2010

FTC Proposes EnergyGuide Labels on Televisions

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on March 4 proposed that EnergyGuide labels be required on televisions sold in the United States to help consumers know more about the energy consumption of different models. The yellow-and-black rectangular labels are already required on many consumer appliances, such as washing machines and refrigerators, and provide information such as the estimated yearly cost of operating the appliance and the cost range compared to other similar models.

In March 2009, the FTC issued a notice seeking comments on whether EnergyGuide labels should be mandatory on a range of consumer electronic products, including televisions. The agency is not proposing labeling requirements for other consumer electronics at this time, but seeks further comment on test procedures and other issues. The FTC is seeking public comments on their proposal through May 14 and is looking for specific comments on issues such as the need for these labels; how the energy usage of televisions should be determined; the location, format, and content of energy disclosures; and the timing of the proposed labeling requirements. The proposal was published in the Federal Register on March 11. See the FTC press release and the Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking (PDF 628 KB). Download Adobe Reader.