South Africa has put in place regulations that require appliances sold in South Africa to meet Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS). MEPS define the minimum level of energy performance that an appliance must meet or exceed before it can be sold. MEPS regulations have been put in place to protect consumers from purchasing appliances that use a wasteful amount of electricity and it is illegal to sell appliances on the South African market that do not meet or exceed the MEPS that are defined in the regulations. For example, all air conditioners sold in South Africa must have a rating of Class B or better.
MEPS are put in place to improve the energy efficiency of appliances. Since MEPS define a minimum energy performance rating for appliances, energy inefficient appliances are prevented from entering the market and being sold to consumers. In addition MEPS send a signal to manufacturers to improve the energy efficiency of their appliances.
MEPS benefit consumers as appliances available for purchase are more energy efficient and cost less to run as a result of the electricity savings that accumulate over the lifetime of the appliance.
MEPS are reviewed on an ongoing basis and are revised upwards when advances in technology allow for additional energy efficiency improvements in appliances.
The following MEPS have been specified:
|Air Conditioners||Minimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class B|
|Audio-visual Equipment||In passive standby mode power consumption should not exceed 1 W, except for set-top boxes which must not exceed 3 W|
|Dishwashers||Minimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class A|
|Electric Ovens (Large)||Minimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class B|
|Electric Ovens (Small & Medium)||Minimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class A|
|Freezers||Minimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class C|
|Fridges||Minimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class B|
|Fridge-freezers||Minimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class B|
|Storage Water Heater||Minimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class B|
|Tumble Dryers||Minimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class D|
|Washer-dryers||Minimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class A|
|Washing Machines||Minimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class A|