Washing Machines, Microwave Ovens to have Energy Efficiency Ratings

The Ministry of Power has announced that two more electrical appliances microwave ovens and washing machines will now be assigned star ratings based on their energy efficiency metrics.

Star Ratings of Microwave Ovens and Washing Machines

  • The programme of star rating of Microwave Ovens and Washing Machines will be implemented on a voluntary basis and will be valid up to December 31, 2020.
  • The criteria approved for the washing machines also include water efficiency in addition to energy performance for grant of star rating.
  • The star rating of Microwave Ovens and Washing Machines encourage the transition towards energy efficient equipment.

Further to enable the ease of implementation the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has developed an online registration platform for expeditious registration and approval under this initiative.

Star Rating of Appliances

Star Rating of Appliances provides a basic sense of how energy efficient each product is. Higher the rating, higher is the efficiency of the appliance. The rating of appliances in India is undertaken by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency.
Bureau of Energy Efficiency is a statutory body set up under the Energy Conservation Act, 2001. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency assists the government in developing policies and strategies with a thrust on self-regulation and market principles with the primary objective of reducing the energy intensity of the Indian economy within the overall framework of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.

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