Federal law requires that EnergyGuide labels be placed on all new refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, dishwashers, clothes washers, room air conditioner, central air conditioners, heat pump, and furnaces and boilers.
EnergyGuide labels are not required on kitchen ranges, microwave ovens, clothes dryers, demand-type water heaters, portable space heaters, and lights.
Understanding Energy Guide Labels
They are bright yellow labels with black lettering and provide guidance for using the information they contain.
- The label for major appliances feature the estimated annual energy consumption in kilowatt-hours per year (electric) or therms per year (gas).
- The estimated yearly operating cost is provided toward the bottom of the label.
Each label also provides the following information:
- The manufacturer, model number, type of appliance, and capacity are listed at the top of the label.
- The linescale in the middle of the label shows how that particular model compares in energy efficiency with other models on the market of comparable size and type. You will see a range from lowest to highest.
- Estimated annual operating cost is shown near the bottom of the label. This energy cost is based on recent national average prices of electricity and/or natural gas, and assumes typical operating characteristics.
The actual energy savings obtained in each instance depend on various factors, including geographic location, weather conditions, equipment installed, usage rates, and so forth. Completing multiple energy saving measures will not necessarily result in cumulative savings. Any rebates provided are subject to satisfaction of applicable qualification rules. Certain rebate programs may be modified by the California Public Utilities Commission, and are subject to the availability of funds.