For the past few years, whenever we plan to buy an electronic appliance, we mostly lay our trust in the five-star rated energy appliances. This star-check has kind of become mandatory, other than brand, price, and goodwill. This is an excellent thing, but do we have complete knowledge about the star energy rating? If not. Then this article is definitely for you! So let’s start with a fundamental question that is:
What is Energy Rating Labels and Star Rating?
The energy rating label is a label specified to an electronic appliance, which gives you complete knowledge about the energy consumption of the appliance. The star rating is a measure of the energy efficiency of a device. It is a five-point scale in which 5 points means lower energy consumption and better savings. It is the best scheme in terms of energy efficiency introduced by honorable Minister of Power in 2006 and is termed as BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) Star Rating scheme.
This energy star label was introduced by the government to reduce the emission of greenhouse gas and other pollutants due to inefficient use of these large appliances and for the household to keep a check in their energy bill without sacrificing the comfort of these appliances.
This scheme is currently applicable in appliances like room air conditioner (inverter, split, window), ceiling fan, computer, refrigerator, television, distribution transformer, washing machine, led lamps, agricultural pump sets, water heaters, frost-free refrigerators, domestic gas stove, etc. Such appliances are used on a daily basis and consume a large amount of energy, so this rating helps a household to forecast energy consumption, which is helpful to both households and the environment.
What is the meaning of 5-Star Rated Electronic Appliances?
According to the BEE ratings, more the number of stars more is the efficiency of the appliance. The star rating is a 5-point rating, which means a lower level of energy consumption and better savings. The range is between 1 to 5, in which 5 is the most efficient electronic appliance. Since no 2 appliances are the same, the stars vary a bit depending on the product and for that, the BEE ordered that the energy label must have the device’s Kilowatt-hour (kWh) usage per annum printed on them. This figure is generally mentioned in the center of the BEE energy label. To understand kWh more accurately, we provide you with this table:
1unit = 1kWh (kilowatt-hour)
|Consumption slab/power supply||Tata power||Reliance||BEST||MSEB|
|0-30 UNITS||40 paise||NA||50 paise||40 paise|
|0-100 UNITS||Rs 1.60||Rs 1.15||75 paise||Rs 1.90|
|100-300 UNITS||Rs 3.60||Rs 3.20||Rs 2.15||Rs 3.40|
|ABOVE 300 UNITS||Rs 5.75||Rs 4.40||Rs 4.65||Rs 4.50|
*Tariff rate for power supply to residential establishments.
There is also a fixed charge applicable in addition to the per-unit cost to all consumers, which vary from Rs 3 – Rs 150 per month, depending upon the kind of appliance used. Mostly the usage remains less than 300 units in common households.
According to the terms of BEE, every appliance should have an energy label on them stating the exact information about the energy consumption and the kWh usage per annum. Though the size of the energy label may vary according to the kind of appliance, it is put up at for example, in case of large appliances like television, air conditioner, refrigerator, etc. the energy label should be big and prominent. In contrast, in devices like tube lights, fans led lamps, which are smaller in size, the size of the label can be comparatively smaller.
This should be kept in mind that every year the BEE update and revise their rating system depending upon the technological advancement that takes place each passing year. For example, in January 2018, BEE introduced a new star rating methodology for air conditioners called the ISEER (Indian seasonal energy efficiency ratio), with this the standard value for air conditioners have increased for 4 to 4.5 now and anything below 3.1 cannot be manufactured in India anymore.
What if your product does not have a label?
In some cases, if your product does not carry this energy-consuming / energy saving label, you can always ask for one or you can also read the fine print handed to you for more detailed information.
What is the duty of a consumer?
Always check the BEE website to get updated about the energy rating of the product. BEE has worked great to tell us the information about a product that must have failed to meet the required star rating, so check their website before planning to buy any home appliance to know the updated list. You can also check the product’s official website for an updated list of ratings to get a clear idea of what to purchase.
Secondly, the price of the high star rating appliances is high comparing to the low star rating appliances. But if you require high-efficient and low energy consumption based appliance, we recommend you to opt for five-star rating appliances although you are spending a high amount on the electric appliance of your choice while on the other hand, you can cut the high Electricity bill every month. So choose wisely and spend your hard-earned money more smartly.
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With the introduction of the BEE star rating label in India, the quality of appliances has increased in a manner that is pocket-friendly to the household and environmentally friendly as well. The principal objective of this scheme is to provide the consumer with an utterly informed choice about the kind of product they are using and the energy-saving and cost-saving.
This scheme targets the complete display of energy consumption and stops the production of those appliances that require more energy consumption, thus benefiting both the environment and households. If you find a product with not BEE star label on them, you can always demand the product with it and the seller ought to provide you with one without any argument. This scheme seems a win-win situation for every individual and must be followed by everyone.