South African Bureau of Standards introduces energy efficiency labelling standard for appliances
15 March 2012
Creamer Media's Engineering News - March 15, 2012
Following several calls by government for households to reduce their daily energy consumption and alleviate pressure from the electricity grid, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has introduced a product-labelling standard for electronic appliances.
The standard would empower consumers to make informed choices when purchasing appliances, such as dishwashers and television sets, SABS standards executive Dr Sadvhir Bissoon said on Thursday.
South African National Standard (SANS) 941, for energy efficiency of electrical and electronic equipment is a voluntary standard that would in future be regulated by the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications and through the implementation of the Energy Efficient Standard and Labelling Programme as a combined effort by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Energy.
“The country must save more than 3 000 MW of electricity in order to avoid load shedding. This new standard will assist every household to make better decisions on their household consumption by looking for the energy label, which must be visibly displayed, when buying a household appliance that will ultimately translate into a money saving,” Bissoon said.