On Friday, South African minister of energy Jeff Radebe will will conduct an Energy Saving Activation Campaign on Residential Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling (S&L) programme.
The S&L programme is an initiative by the Department of Energy (DoE) in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI), supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to ensure that selected appliance types comply with the new energy labelling requirements.
In a statement, the DoE noted that these appliances must have a visible energy label affixed to them at the point of sale.
The energy label provides consumers with accurate information about the product allowing them to compare energy efficiency performance of one appliance to the other appliance.
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The statement added that the Minister will also officially launch the Appliance Energy Calculator, a mobile application (App) designed to assist retail sales staff and consumers to estimate the running cots of various appliances.
The project forms an integral part of the measures geared towards reducing electricity consumption and the carbon footprint of the residential sector in South Africa.