Compliance

Compliance

Appliance Standards and Labelling regulations

The following Appliance Standards and Labelling regulations have been put in place to promote energy efficient appliances:

VC
Description
Government Notice
Date
Gazette Number
VC 8043Compulsory Specification for Incandescent LampsR 747 Feb 201437228
VC 9006Compulsory Specification for Hot Water Storage tanks for domestic useR 91312 Aug 201640205
VC 9008Compulsory Specification for Energy Efficiency and Labelling of Electrical and Electronic ApparatusR 94428 Nov 201438232
VC 9091Compulsory Specification for Single-Capped Fluorescent LampsR 37923 May 201437654

Letter of Authority Requirements

In terms of these regulations, manufacturers and importers must have a Letter of Authority (LOA) issued by the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) before an appliance in the categories below can be sold. The LOA verifies that the particular appliance conforms to the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) specified for that particular category of appliance.

Appliance Category
Air ConditionersLetter of Authority Required
Audio-visual EquipmentLetter of Authority Required
DishwashersLetter of Authority Required
Electric Ovens (Large)Letter of Authority Required
Electric Ovens (Small & Medium)Letter of Authority Required
FreezersLetter of Authority Required
FridgesLetter of Authority Required
Fridge-freezersLetter of Authority Required
Storage Water HeaterLetter of Authority Required
Light bulbs (Electric lamps)Letter of Authority Required
Tumble DryersLetter of Authority Required
Washer-dryersLetter of Authority Required
Washing MachinesLetter of Authority Required

South African Energy Efficiency Label Requirements

In addition, manufacturers and importers are required to supply a South African Energy Efficiency Label with the packaging of each appliance in the categories shown below. Retailers are required to display this label with the appliance in physical and online stores. The label indicates the energy efficiency class of the appliance, the manufacturer and appliance model. For some appliances, the label will also have non-energy data such as water consumption per cycle and appliance noise level. The appliances that require labels are outlined below:

 

Appliance Category
Label Size
Label Mandatory
Key energy efficiency information shown
Air Conditioners110 mm X 200 mmYesAnnual energy consumption in cooling mode
Dishwashers110 mm X 200 mmYesThe estimated kWh used per cycle
Electric Ovens110 mm X 200 mmYesThe estimated kWh used per standard load
Fridges and Freezers110 mm X 200 mmYesThe estimated kWh used per year
Storage Water Heater110 mm X 200 mmYesThe rate of heat loss of the storage water heater over a 24 hour period
Light bulbs (Electric lamps)55 mm X 100 mmOptionalThe watts drawn to operate
Tumble Dryers110 mm X 200 mmYesThe estimated kWh used per cycle
Washer-dryers110 mm X 200 mmYesThe estimated kWh used per cycle
Washing Machines110 mm X 200 mmYesThe estimated kWh used per cycle

Reporting Non-Compliance

If an appliance is not labelled with the South African Energy Efficiency Label, or carries a false label, it does not conform to the Minimum Energy Performance Standards and this should be reported to the NRCS.

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