When it comes to buying a new refrigerator, washing machine or any appliance, generally you’re anxious with the colour, its features and all other physical things and attractions.
Before you even look at all of that, first make sure it has a manufacture ID sticker on the inside of the appliance and also Energyguide label/BEE star rating. If it doesn’t, it could cost you and the environment in one way.
Before Shopping Do Research
When you’re shopping for a new appliance, make sure you look for the EnergyGuide label, the yellow tag you’ll find attached to most appliances. It tells how much energy a specific appliance uses and makes it easier to compare the energy use of alike models. The more energy efficient an appliance is, the less it costs to run, and the lower your electricity bills might be. Using less energy is good for the environment, too; it can reduce air pollution and help conserve natural resources too. Back in May of 2006, the Government of India along with the Ministry of Power launched the Standards and Labelling (S&L) Scheme under the Energy Conservation Act, 2001. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency has taken the responsibility of the scheme above. Since then, the Standards and Labelling scheme has had some extreme impact on consumer habits and the environment. The main aim of the scheme is to provide consumers with an informed choice about energy savings of high energy equipment and appliances. The scheme also targets to lay down minimum energy performance standards for industries to make better machines. All of this leads to savings in cost and power.
Today, when we go to purchase any electrical appliance for our house, there are so many different choices we get so much confused to evaluate as well as understand the product. We are heavily loaded with information on a large number of products, online or offline, This may at times land us in purchasing something that might not be the best option for us. However, once purchased, they are going to stay in our house almost till the life of the appliance, say 8-10 years for expensive appliances like refrigerators, air conditioners or washing machines, etc. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to understand the services that we want to originate from the appliance and our expectations from its performance. A study by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay found out that on average, consumers prefer air conditioners that have labels, and are willing to pay more for those that are energy efficient. Customer preference varied with star rating levels. It was seen that 69% preferred an air conditioner rated 3-star over one with a 2-star rating, and 78% preferred a 5-star rated air conditioner over a 2-star rated one.
So what is this star label and how does it come to be?
The program for the label is currently running for refrigerators, air conditioners, televisions, geysers, tube lights and fans among the household appliances. This scheme is mandatory for some of the appliances while voluntary for others. However, once we have decided to save electricity and reduce our bills, it becomes compulsory for us to look at wherever these labels are and what they indicate.
The labels have been designed after a lot of research. The labels contain lots of items. The highlight though is the ‘STARS’. More is the stars a more energy efficient appliance is. There are two kinds of labels – big labels and a smaller label. For ceiling fans, tube lights, computers/laptops and televisions the smaller labels are used on the other hand for refrigerators, air conditioners, geysers and washing machines the big label is used. The energy labelling has marvellously influenced our consuming habits for good and to know the process behind is effective and vigorous and assures the decision we make, we make for the good of us , so next time you go out to buy any appliance make sure you look at those stars and make sure you help yourself as well as the environment.