The new EnergyGuide label.
The Federal Trade
Commission said yesterday annual energy costs will be more prominently
displayed on its well-known yellow EnergyGuide labels affixed to common
The new EnergyGuide labels will display estimated operating
costs in dollars per year to allow consumers to compare the energy efficiency
of different appliance models. Like the old labels, the new labels will
continue to display energy consumption such as annual electricity use.
The FTC was required to update the labels as
part of energy legislation passed by Congress two years ago. The new rules will
be effective in about six months.