DO consumers know the meaning of the “green ticks” seen on products when purchasing electrical appliances such as refrigerators and air-conditioners?
Noticing them is not good enough. One should know what they mean, apart from assuming that more green tick marks tell us that the appliance is better for the environment.
It is to help households become more energy-efficient, contribute to reducing carbon emissions and mitigate climate change.
For example, refrigerators, clothes dryers as well as casement and window air-conditioners get two ticks.
Singapore, I am told, had introduced the mandatory energy labelling scheme more than a decade ago for air-conditioning units and refrigerators, but this has now been extended to many more electrical appliances, including television sets and lamps.
Under the revised system, the most efficient models are awarded five ticks and the lowest have no tick at all.
The energy label contains information on energy consumption and energy costs of an appliance.
It also highlights the energy efficiency of the model, through the displaying of ticks.
The more ticks, the better the appliance’s energy efficiency.
The objective of the tick rating is to help buyers identify more efficient models.
As a consumer advocate, I would like to see Malaysia come up with new approaches for consumers to adopt energy-efficient ways, while protecting the environment.