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New energy-labels and rating system for electrical appliances

SINGAPORE - Beginning next month, consumers looking to buy energy efficient air conditioners, refrigerators and clothes dryers will be able to do so more easily.

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SINGAPORE - Beginning next month, consumers looking to buy energy-efficient air conditioners, refrigerators and clothes dryers will be able to do so more easily.

The appliances registered under the National Environment Agency (NEA) will be given a new energy label, alongside a rescale of the energy rating system Mandatory Energy Labelling Scheme (MELS).

With the revised MELS, the most efficient models will now be awarded five ticks, instead of just four ticks. The energy labels will also reflect the annual estimated energy cost of using the product, so that buyers are more aware of their appliance-expenditure.

Currently, the majority of refrigerator and air-conditioner models are categorised into just two energy efficient bands. This means that within the two bands, there can be a wide range of differing levels of energy efficiency. For example, the most efficient air-conditioner models are almost 50 per cent more efficient than borderline models in that band.

With this new system in place, consumers will be able to better identify energy-efficient products and even generate savings for themselves, said the NEA. This revision was done due to a greater demand for more energy efficient product, aided by the MELS and technological developments.

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