Understand Power Ratings and ‘BEE’ A Smart Customer

by August 3, 2015

things you must know about star ratings

As a modern day consumer, when you set out to buy any home appliance the sheer number of variety of options available in the market is overwhelming. Also, with the World Wide Web available at your disposal, you can easily get loads of information about the product you wish to buy. It is natural that when you buy any electronic appliance for your home, especially the big and the expensive ones like Refrigerator, Air-Conditioner, Washing Machine you would want to get the best deal. Your purchase decision depends on a variety of factors such as seize, design, color, features, cost etc. But, one thing that most consumers fail to take into consideration is its power consumption.

You may have often come across the term energy start ratings but have not quite understood what it exactly means? We at Compareraja, bring you the nitty-gritty of the term and help you make an informed buying decision the next time you buy any electronic appliance.

Energy star ratings

First and foremost, you would have this question, what does energy star rating means? And why should I care about it? Well, the answer it quite simple, the energy star ratings indicates the energy efficiency of the device. A 5 star rating device has the maximum energy efficiency and 5 star is also the maximum rating that any device can have; it is a benchmark. The higher the energy ratings, the lesser would be the power consumption and consequently lower power bills and vice-versa.

energy star ratings

Standards and labeling program

As per BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency), India, the power consumption for different star rating is different. To ensure that the consumers get full value for their money, the BEE introduced the Standards and Labelling Program in May 2006. The program mandated all the electronic device manufacturers to stick a label on the device that indicates the electricity consumption of the device under certain conditions.

The labelling program is currently implemented for home appliances like Televisions, Tube lights, Fans, refrigerators, air conditioners and other device. The labels are there to help the consumers to make an informed buying decision. If you are not sure what these labels exactly tell you, read on further

When you buy any electronic device you find certain labels on the face the device, these labels are meticulously designed after doing a great deal of research. If you look closely, the labels will provide you valuable information about the product. The ‘STAR’ signs highlighted indicates the power efficiency of the appliance. To understand the STAR ratings better refer to the tables below:

TABLE – 1

Ratings

No of Units Consumed

Energy Savings %

1 Star

95 Units

5%

2 Star

88 Units

12%

3 Star

81 Units

19%

4 Star

76 Units

24%

5 Star

71 Units

29%

TABLE – 2

Ratings

No of Units Consumed

Energy Savings %

1 Star

977 Units

12%

2 Star

782 Units

29%

3 Star

626 Units

44%

4 Star

501 Units

55%

5 Star

400 Units

64%

Table 1 is the star ratings of an Air-conditioner. Assuming that a NO star rated AC device would consume 100 units of electricity per month, we have listed the units of power the different ACs with different BEE ratings would consume and the Percentage of power it would save each month.

Similarly,

Table 2 depicts the star ratings of a Refrigerator. Assuming that a NO star rated Refrigerator device would consume 1100 units per year, we have listed the units of power the different Refrigerators with different BEE ratings would consume and the percentage of power it would save each year.

Kinds of Labels – Small and big

Apart from understanding the star ratings on the labels, you must know that the labels itself are of two types – the big label and the small label. The smaller labels are used for small home appliances like tube lights, computers, laptops, ceiling fans, televisions, whereas, the big labels are used for larger appliances like Washing Machine, Refrigerators, Air Conditioners, and Geysers. See images below for small and big labels

bee star rating small label

SMALL LABEL for small appliances

bee star rating Big Label

BIG LABEL for large appliances

Check the manufacturing date before comparison

Another, important aspect that you need to understand about the label to be able to make an informed purchase decision is how the labelling program is updated every year. As the technology gets better and better, the labels too adjust. For instance, if a company that manufactures an appliance in 2015 that has better energy efficiency than the 5 STAR rated appliance that was manufactured in 2014, how will the label showcase the difference between the star ratings of the two devices? Well, the answer is that the star rating plan is different for products that are manufactured or imported in different years. So the label you see on the appliance is in accordance of the plan in which the device was manufactured.

This further leads to the another crucial aspect, the date of manufacturing. While buying any device make sure that you look closely at the year of manufacturing. This is vital because the STAR ratings of the device may be of previous year and chances are high that you may find a device manufactured recently with higher ratings, which would have better power efficiency.

So now that you are aware of the labels, their significance and the BEE ratings make sure that you read the labels closely to make a wise buying decision.