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Air-cons to face higher energy-saving standards from next September

SINGAPORE — Starting next September, the air-conditioners sold here will have to meet higher energy-saving standards, with a minimum energy-efficiency rating of two ticks, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said today (Oct 20).

Air-cons to face higher energy-saving standards from next September

File photo of air-conditioning units. Photo: Reuters

SINGAPORE — Starting next September, the air-conditioners sold here will have to meet higher energy-saving standards, with a minimum energy-efficiency rating of two ticks, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said today (Oct 20).

Currently, air-conditioners that are imported into Singapore must have at least one tick under the Mandatory Energy Labelling Scheme (MELS).

The number of ticks on the label indicates the relative energy efficiency of the product, with more ticks indicating better energy efficiency.

Households that switch from a one-tick to a two-tick air-conditioner can save about S$100 annually in energy costs, the NEA said.

According to a 2012 survey conducted by NEA on household energy consumption, air-conditioning accounted for 36.7 per cent of the total household electricity consumption.

By raising the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for air-conditioners, consumers can benefit from appliances with better energy efficiency, and lower energy consumption and costs at the same time, the NEA said.

They will also help to reduce Singapore’s carbon footprint.

Apart from the MEPS, consumers can also check the labels on the household appliances in stores to help them make better-informed decisions before making their purchases.

Under the MELS, electrical appliances, such as air-conditioners, refrigerators and clothes dryers, are required to have labels that carry useful information, such as their annual energy consumption and energy costs.

The NEA regularly reviews the MEPS of various household appliances to ensure that the standards keep up with technological improvements as well as with changing market conditions.

The MEPS and MELS will also be extended to other appliances, such as water heaters and general lighting.

To allow importers, manufacturers and retailers sufficient time to clear their existing stocks of air-conditioners, products that are in the market or were imported before Sept 1 next year will be exempted from the regulations for a year.

Ms Swen Tan, 47, a consulting sales manager for Daikin Airconditioning, said the regulation that will take effect next September will have “minimal impact” on the company as most of its air-conditioning models are rated “more than two ticks”.

She added: “It is good (on the part) of the NEA because we are going towards a green and efficient performance (of air conditioning), and we recommend the end-user to use energy-efficient appliances to reduce carbon emissions.”

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