Rule Concerning Disclosures Regarding Energy Consumption and Water Use of Certain Home Appliances and Other Products Required Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (“Appliance Labeling Rule”), 4983-4991 [06-882]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 20 / Tuesday, January 31, 2006 / Rules and Regulations 141°10′00″ W.; to the point of beginning. The portion within Canada is excluded. * * * * * Issued in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2006. Kenneth McElroy, Acting Manager, Airspace and Rules. [FR Doc. 06–898 Filed 1–30–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION 16 CFR Part 305 Rule Concerning Disclosures Regarding Energy Consumption and Water Use of Certain Home Appliances and Other Products Required Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (‘‘Appliance Labeling Rule’’) Federal Trade Commission. Final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Federal Trade Commission (‘‘Commission’’) is amending the Appliance Labeling Rule to update ranges of comparability for compact clothes washers, refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers. In addition, the Commission announces that ranges of comparability for standard clothes washers will remain in effect until further notice. Finally, the Commission is issuing minor, technical amendments to update the definition of medium base compact fluorescent lamp and to correct a sample heat pump label in the Rule. EFFECTIVE DATE: May 1, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hampton Newsome, Attorney, Division of Enforcement, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC 20580 (202–326–2889); hnewsome@ftc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Appliance Labeling Rule (‘‘Rule’’) was issued by the Commission in 1979, 44 FR 66466 (Nov. 19, 1979), in response to a directive in the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (‘‘EPCA’’).1 The Rule covers several categories of major household appliances including refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers. I. Background hsrobinson on PROD1PC70 with RULES The Rule requires manufacturers of all covered appliances to disclose specific energy consumption or efficiency information (derived from the DOE test 1 42 U.S.C. 6294. The statute also requires the Department of Energy (‘‘DOE’’) to develop test procedures that measure how much energy the appliances use, and to determine the representative average cost a consumer pays for the different types of energy available. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:24 Jan 30, 2006 Jkt 208001 procedures) at the point of sale in the form of an ‘‘EnergyGuide’’ label, in fact sheets (for some appliances), and in catalogs. The Rule requires manufacturers to include, on labels and fact sheets, an energy consumption or efficiency figure and a ‘‘range of comparability.’’ This range shows the highest and lowest energy consumption or efficiencies for all comparable appliance models so consumers can compare the energy consumption or efficiency of similar models. The Rule also requires manufacturers to include, on labels for some products, a secondary energy usage disclosure in the form of an estimated annual operating cost based on a specified DOE national average cost for the fuel the appliance uses. Section 305.8(b) of the Rule requires manufacturers, after filing an initial report, to report certain information annually to the Commission.2 These reports, which assist the Commission in preparing the ranges of comparability, contain the estimated annual energy consumption or energy efficiency ratings for the appliances derived from tests performed pursuant to the DOE test procedures. Because manufacturers regularly add new models to their lines, improve existing models, and discontinue others, the data base from which the ranges of comparability are calculated changes constantly. To keep the information on labels up-to-date, the Commission, therefore, publishes new ranges if the upper or lower limits of the ranges have changed by more than 15%. Otherwise, the Commission publishes a statement that the prior ranges remain in effect for the next year. II. 2005 Refrigerator and Clothes Washer Data The Commission has analyzed the annual submissions of data for clothes washers, refrigerators, refrigeratorfreezers, and freezers. Analysis of the refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers submissions indicates that the ranges for these products have changed significantly.3 Therefore, the Commission is publishing new ranges of comparability in these categories. Today’s publication of the new ranges for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers also means that, after May 1, 2006, manufacturers of these products must calculate the operating cost figures 2 Reports for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers are due August 1. Reports for clothes washers are due October 1. 3 The Commission’s analysis for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers excluded models with energy consumption figures that do not meet the current DOE energy conservation standards. See 62 FR 23102 (April 28, 1997). PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 4983 at the bottom of labels for the products using the 2005 cost for electricity (9.06 cents per kilowatt-hour) (see 70 FR 32484 (June 3, 2005)). Analysis of the clothes washer submissions indicate that there has been a significant change in the range for compact clothes washers but no significant change for standard clothes washers. Manufacturers should continue to use the existing range and energy cost information found in the Rule for standard clothes washers. The Commission, however, is amending the required range of comparability for compact clothes washers to reflect the new data.4 The Commission is not changing the energy cost figures (i.e., the average national prices for electricity and natural gas) that manufacturers must use to calculate estimated operating costs on compact clothes washer labels. Manufacturers should continue to use the 2004 electricity and natural gas cost figures as currently required by the Rule for both compact and standard models. If standard and compact washer labels employed different energy cost figures for calculating operating costs, models with the identical energy consumption would bear labels disclosing different annual operating costs. This could cause consumer confusion and make it difficult for consumers to compare the operating costs of these washer types. III. Definition of Medium Base Compact Fluorescent Lamp The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT of 2005) (Pub. L. 109–58) amended the definition of ‘‘medium base compact fluorescent lamp’’ in part B of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) (42 U.S.C. 6291–6309). On October 18, 2005 (70 FR 60407), DOE issued technical amendments to change, among other things, the regulatory definition of ‘‘medium base compact fluorescent lamp’’ to make it consistent with the amended Act. The Commission is changing the definition of this term in its Rule so that it is consistent with DOE’s rules and the new statutory definition. IV. Correction to Prototype Label 5 and Sample Label 9 The Commission is issuing a correction to Prototype Label 5 and Sample Label 9 in the Rule. The word ‘‘cooling,’’ instead of ‘‘heating,’’ was incorrectly placed in the label’s depiction of the model’s Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. In 4 Compact clothes washers account for a small fraction of the total washer models on the market. E:\FR\FM\31JAR1.SGM 31JAR1 4984 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 20 / Tuesday, January 31, 2006 / Rules and Regulations addition, the description of the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) for heat pumps has been changed to remove an erroneous reference to central air conditioners. of the recordkeeping, disclosure, or reporting requirements and, therefore, do not require further OMB clearance. V. Administrative Procedure Act The amendments published in this notice involve routine, technical and minor, or conforming changes to the labeling requirements in the Rule. These technical amendments merely provide a routine change to the range and cost information required on EnergyGuide labels and fact sheets and technical corrections to the Rule. Accordingly, the Commission finds for good cause that public comment for these technical, procedural amendments is impractical and unnecessary (5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A)(B) and (d)). List of Subjects in 16 CFR Part 305 hsrobinson on PROD1PC70 with RULES VI. Regulatory Flexibility Act The provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act relating to a Regulatory Flexibility Act analysis (5 U.S.C. 603– 604) are not applicable to this proceeding because the amendments do not impose any new obligations on entities regulated by the Appliance Labeling Rule. These technical amendments merely provide a routine change to the range information required on EnergyGuide labels and make technical corrections to the Rule. Thus, the amendments will not have a ‘‘significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.’’ 5 U.S.C. 605. The Commission has concluded, therefore, that a regulatory flexibility analysis is not necessary, and certifies, under Section 605 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 605(b)), that the amendments announced today will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. VII. Paperwork Reduction Act In a June 13, 1988 notice (53 FR 22106), the Commission stated that the Rule contains disclosure and reporting requirements that constitute ‘‘information collection requirements’’ as defined by 5 CFR 1320.7(c), the regulation that implements the Paperwork Reduction Act.5 The Commission noted that the Rule had been reviewed and approved in 1984 by the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) and assigned OMB Control No. 3084–0068. OMB has reviewed the Rule and extended its approval for its recordkeeping and reporting requirements until December 31, 2007. The amendments now being adopted do not change the substance or frequency 5 44 Appendix A1 to Part 305—Refrigerators With Automatic Defrost RANGE INFORMATION VIII. Amendments Advertising, Energy conservation, Household appliances, Labeling, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. For the reasons stated in this document, the Federal Trade Commission is amending 16 CFR part 305 as set forth below: I PART 305—RULE CONCERNING DISCLOSURES REGARDING ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND WATER USE OF CERTAIN HOME APPLIANCES AND OTHER PRODUCTS REQUIRED UNDER THE ENERGY POLICY AND CONSERVATION ACT (‘‘APPLIANCE LABELING RULE’’) 1. The authority citation for part 305 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6294. Manufacturer’s rated total refrigerated volume (in cubic feet) Low Less than 2.5 ............ 2.5 to 4.4 .................. 4.5 to 6.4 .................. 6.5 to 8.4 .................. 8.5 to 10.4 ................ 10.5 to 12.4 .............. 12.5 to 14.4 .............. 14.5 to 16.4 .............. 16.5 and over ........... * * * * * (l) Medium base compact fluorescent lamp means an integrally ballasted fluorescent lamp with a medium screw base, a rated input voltage range of 115 to 130 volts and which is designed as direct replacement for a general service incandescent lamp; however, the term does not include— (1) Any lamp that is— (i) Specifically designed to be used for special purpose applications; and (ii) Unlikely to be used in general purpose applications, such as the applications described in the definition of ‘‘General Service Incandescent Lamp’’ in this section; or (2) Any lamp not described in the definition of ‘‘General Service Incandescent Lamp’’ in this section that is excluded by the Department of Energy, by rule, because the lamp is— (i) Designed for special applications; and (ii) Unlikely to be used in general purpose applications. * * * * * 15:24 Jan 30, 2006 Jkt 208001 Appendix A2 to Part 305—Refrigerators and Refrigerator-Freezers With Manual Defrost RANGE INFORMATION Manufacturer’s rated total refrigerated volume (in cubic feet) Less than 2.5 ............ 2.5 to 4.4 .................. 4.5 to 6.4 .................. 6.5 to 8.4 .................. 8.5 to 10.4 ................ 10.5 to 12.4 .............. 12.5 to 14.4 .............. 14.5 to 16.4 .............. 16.5 to 18.4 .............. 18.5 to 20.4 .............. 20.5 to 22.4 .............. 22.5 to 24.4 .............. 24.5 to 26.4 .............. 26.5 to 28.4 .............. 28.5 and over ........... Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 High 253 260 268 277 230 288 (*) (*) 335 (*) (*) 449 (*) (*) (*) 318 343 357 277 336 345 (*) (*) 404 (*) (*) 449 (*) (*) (*) (*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy’s Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001. 5. Appendix A3 to part 305 is revised to read as follows: I 3. Appendix A1 to part 305 is revised to read as follows: Frm 00010 Range of estimated annual energy consumption (kWh/yr) Low I PO 00000 327 385 511 (*) 348 (*) 311 428 438 4. Appendix A2 to part 305 is revised to read as follows: U.S.C. 3501–3520. VerDate Aug<31>2005 327 307 305 (*) 348 (*) 311 428 372 I 2. In § 305.3, paragraph (l) is revised to read as follows: Description of covered products. High (*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy’s Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001. I § 305.3 Range of estimated annual energy consumption (kWh/yr) E:\FR\FM\31JAR1.SGM 31JAR1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 20 / Tuesday, January 31, 2006 / Rules and Regulations 4985 Appendix A5 to Part 305—RefrigeratorFreezers With Automatic Defrost With Side-Mounted Freezer Without Through-the-Door Ice Service Appendix A7 to Part 305—RefrigeratorFreezers With Automatic Defrost With Top-Mounted Freezer Without Through-the-Door Ice Service RANGE INFORMATION Appendix A3 to Part 305—RefrigeratorFreezers With Partial Automatic Defrost RANGE INFORMATION RANGE INFORMATION Manufacturer’s rated total refrigerated volume (in cubic feet) Range of estimated annual energy consumption (kWh/yr) Low High 254 314 (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) 434 314 (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) Manufacturer’s rated total refrigerated volume (in cubic feet) Range of estimated annual energy consumption (kWh/yr) Low Less than 10.5 .......... 10.5 to 12.4 .............. 12.5 to 14.4 .............. 14.5 to 16.4 .............. 16.5 to 18.4 .............. 18.5 to 20.4 .............. 20.5 to 22.4 .............. 22.5 to 24.4 .............. 24.5 to 26.4 .............. 26.5 to 28.4 .............. 28.5 and over ........... (*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy’s Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001. 6. Appendix A4 to part 305 is revised to read as follows: Less than 10.5 .......... 10.5 to 12.4 .............. 12.5 to 14.4 .............. 14.5 to 16.4 .............. 16.5 to 18.4 .............. 18.5 to 20.4 .............. 20.5 to 22.4 .............. 22.5 to 24.4 .............. 24.5 to 26.4 .............. 26.5 to 28.4 .............. 28.5 and over ........... 530 (*) (*) (*) (*) 624 640 653 661 668 689 (*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy’s Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001. I Appendix A4 to Part 305—RefrigeratorFreezers With Automatic Defrost With Top-Mounted Freezer Without Through-the-Door Ice Service 8. Appendix A6 to part 305 is revised to read as follows: I Appendix A6 to Part 305—RefrigeratorFreezers With Automatic Defrost With Bottom-Mounted Freezer Without Through-the-Door Ice Service Less than 10.5 .......... 10.5 to 12.4 .............. 12.5 to 14.4 .............. 14.5 to 16.4 .............. 16.5 to 18.4 .............. 18.5 to 20.4 .............. 20.5 to 22.4 .............. 22.5 to 24.4 .............. 24.5 to 26.4 .............. 26.5 to 28.4 .............. 28.5 and over ........... RANGE INFORMATION Manufacturer’s rated total refrigerated volume (in cubic feet) Low High 325 369 373 372 391 387 405 450 445 (*) (*) 460 408 440 455 484 489 527 499 520 (*) (*) Manufacturer’s rated total refrigerated volume (in cubic feet) Range of estimated annual energy consumption (kWh/yr) Low Less than 10.5 .......... 10.5 to 12.4 .............. 12.5 to 14.4 .............. 14.5 to 16.4 .............. 16.5 to 18.4 .............. 18.5 to 20.4 .............. 20.5 to 22.4 .............. 22.5 to 24.4 .............. 24.5 to 26.4 .............. 26.5 to 28.4 .............. 28.5 and over ........... (*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy’s Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001. 7. Appendix A5 to part 305 is revised to read as follows: Less than 10.5 .......... 10.5 to 12.4 .............. 12.5 to 14.4 .............. 14.5 to 16.4 .............. 16.5 to 18.4 .............. 18.5 to 20.4 .............. 20.5 to 22.4 .............. 22.5 to 24.4 .............. 24.5 to 26.4 .............. 26.5 to 28.4 .............. 28.5 and over ........... High 430 439 (*) 453 465 476 483 440 465 475 499 451 500 (*) 544 548 573 569 520 594 530 499 (*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy’s Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001. hsrobinson on PROD1PC70 with RULES I 9. Appendix A7 to part 305 is revised to read as follows: I High (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy’s Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001. 10. Appendix A8 to part 305 is revised to read as follows: I Appendix A8 to Part 305—RefrigeratorFreezers With Automatic Defrost With Side-Mounted Freezer With Throughthe-Door Ice Service RANGE INFORMATION RANGE INFORMATION Range of estimated annual energy consumption (kWh/yr) Range of estimated annual energy consumption (kWh/yr) Low High 530 (*) (*) (*) (*) 610 510 643 561 668 585 Manufacturer’s rated total refrigerated volume (in cubic feet) Manufacturer’s rated total refrigerated volume (in cubic feet) Range of estimated annual energy consumption (kWh/yr) Low Less than 10.5 .......... 10.5 to 12.4 .............. 12.5 to 14.4 .............. 14.5 to 16.4 .............. 16.5 to 18.4 .............. 18.5 to 20.4 .............. 20.5 to 22.4 .............. 22.5 to 24.4 .............. 24.5 to 26.4 .............. 26.5 to 28.4 .............. 28.5 and over ........... High (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) 553 432 539 578 615 565 (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) 651 671 698 732 751 790 (*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy’s Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001. Cost Information for Appendices A1 Through A8 When the ranges of comparability in Appendices A1 through A8 are used on EnergyGuide labels for refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers, the estimated annual operating cost disclosure appearing in the box at the bottom of the labels must be derived using the 2005 Representative Average Unit Cost for electricity (9.06¢ per kilowatt-hour), and the text below the box must identify the cost as such. 11. Appendix B1 to part 305 is revised to read as follows: I VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:24 Jan 30, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\31JAR1.SGM 31JAR1 4986 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 20 / Tuesday, January 31, 2006 / Rules and Regulations Appendix B1 to Part 305—Upright Freezers With Manual Defrost RANGE INFORMATION—Continued RANGE INFORMATION Manufacturer’s rated total refrigerated volume (in cubic feet) Range of estimated annual energy consumption (kWh/yr) Low Less than 5.5 ............ 5.5 to 7.4 .................. 7.5 to 9.4 .................. 9.5 to 11.4 ................ 11.5 to 13.4 .............. 13.5 to 15.4 .............. 15.5 to 17.4 .............. 17.5 to 19.4 .............. 19.5 to 21.4 .............. 21.5 to 23.4 .............. 23.5 to 25.4 .............. 25.5 to 27.4 .............. 27.5 to 29.4 .............. 29.5 and over ........... High 272 354 292 353 354 409 430 392 512 (*) 580 (*) 477 512 328 354 341 392 410 341 477 392 512 (*) 580 (*) 477 512 Range of estimated annual energy consumption (kWh/yr) Low hsrobinson on PROD1PC70 with RULES 635 671 796 855 (*) 683 (*) 742 770 796 855 (*) 683 (*) High 482 (*) (*) (*) 575 582 601 491 (*) (*) (*) 575 655 683 When the ranges of comparability in Appendices B1 through B3 are used on EnergyGuide labels for freezers, the estimated annual operating cost disclosure appearing in the box at the bottom of the labels must be derived using the 2005 Representative Average Unit Cost for electricity (9.06¢ per kilowatt-hour), and the text below the box must identify the cost as such. 14. Appendix F2 to Part 305 is revised to read as follows: I Appendix F2 to Part 305—Compact Clothes Washers RANGE INFORMATION [‘‘Compact’’ includes all household clothes washers with a tub capacity of less than 1.6 cu. ft.] RANGE INFORMATION Manufacturer’s rated total refrigerated volume (in cubic feet Less than 5.5 ............ 5.5 to 7.4 .................. 7.5 to 9.4 .................. 9.5 to 11.4 ................ 11.5 to 13.4 .............. 13.5 to 15.4 .............. 15.5 to 17.4 .............. 17.5 to 19.4 .............. 19.5 to 21.4 .............. 21.5 to 23.4 .............. 23.5 to 25.4 .............. 25.5 to 27.4 .............. 27.5 to 29.4 .............. 29.5 and over ........... Capacity Range of estimated annual energy consumption (kWh/yr) Low RANGE INFORMATION Jkt 208001 to 19.4 .............. to 21.4 .............. to 23.4 .............. to 25.4 .............. to 27.4 .............. to 29.4 .............. and over ........... Appendix B3 to Part 305—Chest Freezers and All Other Freezers Appendix B2 to Part 305—Upright Freezers With Automatic Defrost 15:24 Jan 30, 2006 17.5 19.5 21.5 23.5 25.5 27.5 29.5 High 13. Appendix B3 to part 305 is revised to read as follows: 12. Appendix B2 to Part 305 is revised to read as follows: VerDate Aug<31>2005 Low I I Less than 5.5 ............ 5.5 to 7.4 .................. 7.5 to 9.4 .................. 9.5 to 11.4 ................ 11.5 to 13.4 .............. 13.5 to 15.4 .............. 15.5 to 17.4 .............. Range of estimated annual energy consumption (kWh/yr) (*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy’s Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001. (*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy’s Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001. Manufacturer’s rated total refrigerated volume (in cubic feet) Manufacturer’s rated total refrigerated volume (in cubic feet) Cost Information for Appendices B1 Through B3 High 185 215 251 248 276 354 282 (*) 350 460 570 354 (*) 512 357 381 251 312 350 394 360 (*) 415 512 570 394 (*) 512 Low Compact ................... Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 High 125 462 Cost Information When the above range of comparability is used on EnergyGuide labels for compact clothes washers, the estimated annual operating cost disclosure appearing in the box at the bottom of the labels must be derived using the 2004 Representative Average Unit Costs for electricity (8.60¢ per kiloWatt-hour) and natural gas (91.0¢ per therm), and the text below the box must identify the costs as such. (*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy’s Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001. PO 00000 Range of estimated annual energy consumption (kWh/ yr) E:\FR\FM\31JAR1.SGM 31JAR1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 20 / Tuesday, January 31, 2006 / Rules and Regulations 4987 15. Prototype Label 1 in Appendix L to part 305 is revised to read as follows: * * * * * VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:24 Jan 30, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\31JAR1.SGM 31JAR1 ER31JA06.000</GPH> hsrobinson on PROD1PC70 with RULES I 4988 * * VerDate Aug<31>2005 * * 15:24 Jan 30, 2006 16. Prototype Label 5 in Appendix L to part 305 is revised to read as follows: * * * * * I Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\31JAR1.SGM 31JAR1 ER31JA06.001</GPH> hsrobinson on PROD1PC70 with RULES * Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 20 / Tuesday, January 31, 2006 / Rules and Regulations Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 20 / Tuesday, January 31, 2006 / Rules and Regulations 4989 * * * * * 17. Sample Label 1 in Appendix L to part 305 is revised to read as follows: * * * * * VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:24 Jan 30, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\31JAR1.SGM 31JAR1 ER31JA06.002</GPH> hsrobinson on PROD1PC70 with RULES I 4990 * * VerDate Aug<31>2005 * * 15:24 Jan 30, 2006 18. Sample Label 2 in Appendix L to part 305 is revised to read as follows: * * * * * I Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\31JAR1.SGM 31JAR1 ER31JA06.003</GPH> hsrobinson on PROD1PC70 with RULES * Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 20 / Tuesday, January 31, 2006 / Rules and Regulations Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 20 / Tuesday, January 31, 2006 / Rules and Regulations * * * * * I * * * * * 4991 19. Sample Label 9 in Appendix L to part 305 is revised to read as follows: * * * * * By direction of the Commission. Donald S. Clark, Secretary. 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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

16 CFR Part 305


Rule Concerning Disclosures Regarding Energy Consumption and 
Water Use of Certain Home Appliances and Other Products Required Under 
the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (``Appliance Labeling Rule'')

AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') is amending the 
Appliance Labeling Rule to update ranges of comparability for compact 
clothes washers, refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers. In 
addition, the Commission announces that ranges of comparability for 
standard clothes washers will remain in effect until further notice. 
Finally, the Commission is issuing minor, technical amendments to 
update the definition of medium base compact fluorescent lamp and to 
correct a sample heat pump label in the Rule.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 1, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hampton Newsome, Attorney, Division of 
Enforcement, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC 20580 (202-326-
2889); hnewsome@ftc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Appliance Labeling Rule (``Rule'') was 
issued by the Commission in 1979, 44 FR 66466 (Nov. 19, 1979), in 
response to a directive in the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 
1975 (``EPCA'').\1\ The Rule covers several categories of major 
household appliances including refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, 
and freezers.
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    \1\ 42 U.S.C. 6294. The statute also requires the Department of 
Energy (``DOE'') to develop test procedures that measure how much 
energy the appliances use, and to determine the representative 
average cost a consumer pays for the different types of energy 
available.
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I. Background

    The Rule requires manufacturers of all covered appliances to 
disclose specific energy consumption or efficiency information (derived 
from the DOE test procedures) at the point of sale in the form of an 
``EnergyGuide'' label, in fact sheets (for some appliances), and in 
catalogs. The Rule requires manufacturers to include, on labels and 
fact sheets, an energy consumption or efficiency figure and a ``range 
of comparability.'' This range shows the highest and lowest energy 
consumption or efficiencies for all comparable appliance models so 
consumers can compare the energy consumption or efficiency of similar 
models. The Rule also requires manufacturers to include, on labels for 
some products, a secondary energy usage disclosure in the form of an 
estimated annual operating cost based on a specified DOE national 
average cost for the fuel the appliance uses.
    Section 305.8(b) of the Rule requires manufacturers, after filing 
an initial report, to report certain information annually to the 
Commission.\2\ These reports, which assist the Commission in preparing 
the ranges of comparability, contain the estimated annual energy 
consumption or energy efficiency ratings for the appliances derived 
from tests performed pursuant to the DOE test procedures. Because 
manufacturers regularly add new models to their lines, improve existing 
models, and discontinue others, the data base from which the ranges of 
comparability are calculated changes constantly. To keep the 
information on labels up-to-date, the Commission, therefore, publishes 
new ranges if the upper or lower limits of the ranges have changed by 
more than 15%. Otherwise, the Commission publishes a statement that the 
prior ranges remain in effect for the next year.
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    \2\ Reports for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and 
freezers are due August 1. Reports for clothes washers are due 
October 1.
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II. 2005 Refrigerator and Clothes Washer Data

    The Commission has analyzed the annual submissions of data for 
clothes washers, refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers. 
Analysis of the refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers 
submissions indicates that the ranges for these products have changed 
significantly.\3\ Therefore, the Commission is publishing new ranges of 
comparability in these categories. Today's publication of the new 
ranges for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers also 
means that, after May 1, 2006, manufacturers of these products must 
calculate the operating cost figures at the bottom of labels for the 
products using the 2005 cost for electricity (9.06 cents per kilowatt-
hour) (see 70 FR 32484 (June 3, 2005)).
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    \3\ The Commission's analysis for refrigerators, refrigerator-
freezers, and freezers excluded models with energy consumption 
figures that do not meet the current DOE energy conservation 
standards. See 62 FR 23102 (April 28, 1997).
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    Analysis of the clothes washer submissions indicate that there has 
been a significant change in the range for compact clothes washers but 
no significant change for standard clothes washers. Manufacturers 
should continue to use the existing range and energy cost information 
found in the Rule for standard clothes washers. The Commission, 
however, is amending the required range of comparability for compact 
clothes washers to reflect the new data.\4\ The Commission is not 
changing the energy cost figures (i.e., the average national prices for 
electricity and natural gas) that manufacturers must use to calculate 
estimated operating costs on compact clothes washer labels. 
Manufacturers should continue to use the 2004 electricity and natural 
gas cost figures as currently required by the Rule for both compact and 
standard models. If standard and compact washer labels employed 
different energy cost figures for calculating operating costs, models 
with the identical energy consumption would bear labels disclosing 
different annual operating costs. This could cause consumer confusion 
and make it difficult for consumers to compare the operating costs of 
these washer types.
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    \4\ Compact clothes washers account for a small fraction of the 
total washer models on the market.
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III. Definition of Medium Base Compact Fluorescent Lamp

    The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT of 2005) (Pub. L. 109-58) 
amended the definition of ``medium base compact fluorescent lamp'' in 
part B of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) 
(42 U.S.C. 6291-6309). On October 18, 2005 (70 FR 60407), DOE issued 
technical amendments to change, among other things, the regulatory 
definition of ``medium base compact fluorescent lamp'' to make it 
consistent with the amended Act. The Commission is changing the 
definition of this term in its Rule so that it is consistent with DOE's 
rules and the new statutory definition.

IV. Correction to Prototype Label 5 and Sample Label 9

    The Commission is issuing a correction to Prototype Label 5 and 
Sample Label 9 in the Rule. The word ``cooling,'' instead of 
``heating,'' was incorrectly placed in the label's depiction of the 
model's Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. In

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addition, the description of the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio 
(SEER) for heat pumps has been changed to remove an erroneous reference 
to central air conditioners.

V. Administrative Procedure Act

    The amendments published in this notice involve routine, technical 
and minor, or conforming changes to the labeling requirements in the 
Rule. These technical amendments merely provide a routine change to the 
range and cost information required on EnergyGuide labels and fact 
sheets and technical corrections to the Rule. Accordingly, the 
Commission finds for good cause that public comment for these 
technical, procedural amendments is impractical and unnecessary (5 
U.S.C. 553(b)(A)(B) and (d)).

VI. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act relating to a 
Regulatory Flexibility Act analysis (5 U.S.C. 603-604) are not 
applicable to this proceeding because the amendments do not impose any 
new obligations on entities regulated by the Appliance Labeling Rule. 
These technical amendments merely provide a routine change to the range 
information required on EnergyGuide labels and make technical 
corrections to the Rule. Thus, the amendments will not have a 
``significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities.'' 5 U.S.C. 605. The Commission has concluded, therefore, that 
a regulatory flexibility analysis is not necessary, and certifies, 
under Section 605 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 605(b)), 
that the amendments announced today will not have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

VII. Paperwork Reduction Act

    In a June 13, 1988 notice (53 FR 22106), the Commission stated that 
the Rule contains disclosure and reporting requirements that constitute 
``information collection requirements'' as defined by 5 CFR 1320.7(c), 
the regulation that implements the Paperwork Reduction Act.\5\ The 
Commission noted that the Rule had been reviewed and approved in 1984 
by the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') and assigned OMB 
Control No. 3084-0068. OMB has reviewed the Rule and extended its 
approval for its recordkeeping and reporting requirements until 
December 31, 2007. The amendments now being adopted do not change the 
substance or frequency of the recordkeeping, disclosure, or reporting 
requirements and, therefore, do not require further OMB clearance.
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    \5\ 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520.
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VIII. Amendments

List of Subjects in 16 CFR Part 305

    Advertising, Energy conservation, Household appliances, Labeling, 
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.


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For the reasons stated in this document, the Federal Trade Commission 
is amending 16 CFR part 305 as set forth below:

PART 305--RULE CONCERNING DISCLOSURES REGARDING ENERGY CONSUMPTION 
AND WATER USE OF CERTAIN HOME APPLIANCES AND OTHER PRODUCTS 
REQUIRED UNDER THE ENERGY POLICY AND CONSERVATION ACT (``APPLIANCE 
LABELING RULE'')

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1. The authority citation for part 305 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6294.


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2. In Sec.  305.3, paragraph (l) is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  305.3  Description of covered products.

* * * * *
    (l) Medium base compact fluorescent lamp means an integrally 
ballasted fluorescent lamp with a medium screw base, a rated input 
voltage range of 115 to 130 volts and which is designed as direct 
replacement for a general service incandescent lamp; however, the term 
does not include--
    (1) Any lamp that is--
    (i) Specifically designed to be used for special purpose 
applications; and
    (ii) Unlikely to be used in general purpose applications, such as 
the applications described in the definition of ``General Service 
Incandescent Lamp'' in this section; or
    (2) Any lamp not described in the definition of ``General Service 
Incandescent Lamp'' in this section that is excluded by the Department 
of Energy, by rule, because the lamp is--
    (i) Designed for special applications; and
    (ii) Unlikely to be used in general purpose applications.
* * * * *

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3. Appendix A1 to part 305 is revised to read as follows:

Appendix A1 to Part 305--Refrigerators With Automatic Defrost

                            Range Information
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                    Range of estimated
                                                       annual energy
 Manufacturer's rated total refrigerated  volume   consumption  (kWh/yr)
                 (in cubic feet)                 -----------------------
                                                      Low        High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Less than 2.5...................................        327         327
2.5 to 4.4......................................        307         385
4.5 to 6.4......................................        305         511
6.5 to 8.4......................................        (*)         (*)
8.5 to 10.4.....................................        348         348
10.5 to 12.4....................................        (*)         (*)
12.5 to 14.4....................................        311         311
14.5 to 16.4....................................        428         428
16.5 and over...................................        372        438
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy's
  Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001.


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4. Appendix A2 to part 305 is revised to read as follows:

Appendix A2 to Part 305--Refrigerators and Refrigerator-Freezers With 
Manual Defrost

                            Range Information
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                    Range of estimated
                                                       annual energy
 Manufacturer's rated total refrigerated volume    consumption  (kWh/yr)
                 (in cubic feet)                 -----------------------
                                                      Low        High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Less than 2.5...................................        253         318
2.5 to 4.4......................................        260         343
4.5 to 6.4......................................        268         357
6.5 to 8.4......................................        277         277
8.5 to 10.4.....................................        230         336
10.5 to 12.4....................................        288         345
12.5 to 14.4....................................        (*)         (*)
14.5 to 16.4....................................        (*)         (*)
16.5 to 18.4....................................        335         404
18.5 to 20.4....................................        (*)         (*)
20.5 to 22.4....................................        (*)         (*)
22.5 to 24.4....................................        449         449
24.5 to 26.4....................................        (*)         (*)
26.5 to 28.4....................................        (*)         (*)
28.5 and over...................................        (*)        (*)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy's
  Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001.


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5. Appendix A3 to part 305 is revised to read as follows:

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Appendix A3 to Part 305--Refrigerator-Freezers With Partial Automatic 
Defrost

                            Range Information
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                    Range of estimated
                                                       annual energy
 Manufacturer's rated total refrigerated  volume   consumption  (kWh/yr)
                 (in cubic feet)                 -----------------------
                                                      Low        High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Less than 10.5..................................        254         434
10.5 to 12.4....................................        314         314
12.5 to 14.4....................................        (*)         (*)
14.5 to 16.4....................................        (*)         (*)
16.5 to 18.4....................................        (*)         (*)
18.5 to 20.4....................................        (*)         (*)
20.5 to 22.4....................................        (*)         (*)
22.5 to 24.4....................................        (*)         (*)
24.5 to 26.4....................................        (*)         (*)
26.5 to 28.4....................................        (*)         (*)
28.5 and over...................................        (*)        (*)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy's
  Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001.


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6. Appendix A4 to part 305 is revised to read as follows:

Appendix A4 to Part 305--Refrigerator-Freezers With Automatic Defrost 
With Top-Mounted Freezer Without Through-the-Door Ice Service

                            Range Information
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                    Range of estimated
                                                       annual energy
 Manufacturer's rated total refrigerated  volume   consumption  (kWh/yr)
                 (in cubic feet)                 -----------------------
                                                      Low        High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Less than 10.5..................................        325         460
10.5 to 12.4....................................        369         408
12.5 to 14.4....................................        373         440
14.5 to 16.4....................................        372         455
16.5 to 18.4....................................        391         484
18.5 to 20.4....................................        387         489
20.5 to 22.4....................................        405         527
22.5 to 24.4....................................        450         499
24.5 to 26.4....................................        445         520
26.5 to 28.4....................................        (*)         (*)
28.5 and over...................................        (*)        (*)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy's
  Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001.


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7. Appendix A5 to part 305 is revised to read as follows:

Appendix A5 to Part 305--Refrigerator-Freezers With Automatic Defrost 
With Side-Mounted Freezer Without Through-the-Door Ice Service

                            Range Information
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                    Range of estimated
                                                       annual energy
 Manufacturer's rated total refrigerated  volume   consumption  (kWh/yr)
                 (in cubic feet)                 -----------------------
                                                      Low        High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Less than 10.5..................................        530         530
10.5 to 12.4....................................        (*)         (*)
12.5 to 14.4....................................        (*)         (*)
14.5 to 16.4....................................        (*)         (*)
16.5 to 18.4....................................        (*)         (*)
18.5 to 20.4....................................        610         624
20.5 to 22.4....................................        510         640
22.5 to 24.4....................................        643         653
24.5 to 26.4....................................        561         661
26.5 to 28.4....................................        668         668
28.5 and over...................................        585        689
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy's
  Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001.


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8. Appendix A6 to part 305 is revised to read as follows:

Appendix A6 to Part 305--Refrigerator-Freezers With Automatic Defrost 
With Bottom-Mounted Freezer Without Through-the-Door Ice Service

                            Range Information
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                    Range of estimated
                                                       annual energy
 Manufacturer's rated total refrigerated  volume   consumption  (kWh/yr)
                 (in cubic feet)                 -----------------------
                                                      Low        High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Less than 10.5..................................        430         451
10.5 to 12.4....................................        439         500
12.5 to 14.4....................................        (*)         (*)
14.5 to 16.4....................................        453         544
16.5 to 18.4....................................        465         548
18.5 to 20.4....................................        476         573
20.5 to 22.4....................................        483         569
22.5 to 24.4....................................        440         520
24.5 to 26.4....................................        465         594
26.5 to 28.4....................................        475         530
28.5 and over...................................        499        499
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy's
  Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001.


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9. Appendix A7 to part 305 is revised to read as follows:

Appendix A7 to Part 305--Refrigerator-Freezers With Automatic Defrost 
With Top-Mounted Freezer Without Through-the-Door Ice Service

                            Range Information
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                    Range of estimated
                                                       annual energy
 Manufacturer's rated total refrigerated  volume   consumption  (kWh/yr)
                 (in cubic feet)                 -----------------------
                                                      Low        High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Less than 10.5..................................        (*)         (*)
10.5 to 12.4....................................        (*)         (*)
12.5 to 14.4....................................        (*)         (*)
14.5 to 16.4....................................        (*)         (*)
16.5 to 18.4....................................        (*)         (*)
18.5 to 20.4....................................        (*)         (*)
20.5 to 22.4....................................        (*)         (*)
22.5 to 24.4....................................        (*)         (*)
24.5 to 26.4....................................        (*)         (*)
26.5 to 28.4....................................        (*)         (*)
28.5 and over...................................        (*)        (*)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy's
  Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001.


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10. Appendix A8 to part 305 is revised to read as follows:

Appendix A8 to Part 305--Refrigerator-Freezers With Automatic Defrost 
With Side-Mounted Freezer With Through-the-Door Ice Service

                            Range Information
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                    Range of estimated
                                                       annual energy
 Manufacturer's rated total refrigerated  volume   consumption  (kWh/yr)
                 (in cubic feet)                 -----------------------
                                                      Low        High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Less than 10.5..................................        (*)         (*)
10.5 to 12.4....................................        (*)         (*)
12.5 to 14.4....................................        (*)         (*)
14.5 to 16.4....................................        (*)         (*)
16.5 to 18.4....................................        (*)         (*)
18.5 to 20.4....................................        553         651
20.5 to 22.4....................................        432         671
22.5 to 24.4....................................        539         698
24.5 to 26.4....................................        578         732
26.5 to 28.4....................................        615         751
28.5 and over...................................        565        790
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy's
  Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001.

Cost Information for Appendices A1 Through A8

    When the ranges of comparability in Appendices A1 through A8 are 
used on EnergyGuide labels for refrigerators and refrigerator-
freezers, the estimated annual operating cost disclosure appearing 
in the box at the bottom of the labels must be derived using the 
2005 Representative Average Unit Cost for electricity (9.06[cent] 
per kilowatt-hour), and the text below the box must identify the 
cost as such.


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11. Appendix B1 to part 305 is revised to read as follows:

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Appendix B1 to Part 305--Upright Freezers With Manual Defrost

                            Range Information
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                    Range of estimated
                                                       annual energy
 Manufacturer's rated total refrigerated  volume   consumption  (kWh/yr)
                 (in cubic feet)                 -----------------------
                                                      Low        High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Less than 5.5...................................        272         328
5.5 to 7.4......................................        354         354
7.5 to 9.4......................................        292         341
9.5 to 11.4.....................................        353         392
11.5 to 13.4....................................        354         410
13.5 to 15.4....................................        409         341
15.5 to 17.4....................................        430         477
17.5 to 19.4....................................        392         392
19.5 to 21.4....................................        512         512
21.5 to 23.4....................................        (*)         (*)
23.5 to 25.4....................................        580         580
25.5 to 27.4....................................        (*)         (*)
27.5 to 29.4....................................        477         477
29.5 and over...................................        512        512
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy's
  Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001.


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12. Appendix B2 to Part 305 is revised to read as follows:

Appendix B2 to Part 305--Upright Freezers With Automatic Defrost

                            Range Information
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                    Range of estimated
                                                       annual energy
 Manufacturer's rated total refrigerated  volume   consumption  (kWh/yr)
                 (in cubic feet)                 -----------------------
                                                      Low        High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Less than 5.5...................................        482         491
5.5 to 7.4......................................        (*)         (*)
7.5 to 9.4......................................        (*)         (*)
9.5 to 11.4.....................................        (*)         (*)
11.5 to 13.4....................................        575         575
13.5 to 15.4....................................        582         655
15.5 to 17.4....................................        601         683
17.5 to 19.4....................................        635         742
19.5 to 21.4....................................        671         770
21.5 to 23.4....................................        796         796
23.5 to 25.4....................................        855         855
25.5 to 27.4....................................        (*)         (*)
27.5 to 29.4....................................        683         683
29.5 and over...................................        (*)        (*)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy's
  Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001.


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13. Appendix B3 to part 305 is revised to read as follows:

Appendix B3 to Part 305--Chest Freezers and All Other Freezers

                            Range Information
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                    Range of estimated
                                                       annual energy
 Manufacturer's rated total refrigerated  volume   consumption  (kWh/yr)
                 (in cubic feet                  -----------------------
                                                      Low        High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Less than 5.5...................................        185         357
5.5 to 7.4......................................        215         381
7.5 to 9.4......................................        251         251
9.5 to 11.4.....................................        248         312
11.5 to 13.4....................................        276         350
13.5 to 15.4....................................        354         394
15.5 to 17.4....................................        282         360
17.5 to 19.4....................................        (*)         (*)
19.5 to 21.4....................................        350         415
21.5 to 23.4....................................        460         512
23.5 to 25.4....................................        570         570
25.5 to 27.4....................................        354         394
27.5 to 29.4....................................        (*)         (*)
29.5 and over...................................        512        512
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(*) No data submitted for units meeting the Department of Energy's
  Energy Conservation Standards effective July 1, 2001.


Cost Information for Appendices B1 Through B3

    When the ranges of comparability in Appendices B1 through B3 are 
used on EnergyGuide labels for freezers, the estimated annual 
operating cost disclosure appearing in the box at the bottom of the 
labels must be derived using the 2005 Representative Average Unit 
Cost for electricity (9.06[cent] per kilowatt-hour), and the text 
below the box must identify the cost as such.


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14. Appendix F2 to Part 305 is revised to read as follows:

Appendix F2 to Part 305--Compact Clothes Washers

                            Range Information
 [``Compact'' includes all household clothes washers with a tub capacity
                        of less than 1.6 cu. ft.]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                    Range of estimated
                                                       annual energy
                    Capacity                       consumption (kWh/yr)
                                                 -----------------------
                                                      Low        High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Compact.........................................        125         462
------------------------------------------------------------------------


Cost Information

    When the above range of comparability is used on EnergyGuide 
labels for compact clothes washers, the estimated annual operating 
cost disclosure appearing in the box at the bottom of the labels 
must be derived using the 2004 Representative Average Unit Costs for 
electricity (8.60[cent] per kiloWatt-hour) and natural gas 
(91.0[cent] per therm), and the text below the box must identify the 
costs as such.


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15. Prototype Label 1 in Appendix L to part 305 is revised to read as 
follows:
* * * * *
[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TR31JA06.000


[[Page 4988]]


* * * * *

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16. Prototype Label 5 in Appendix L to part 305 is revised to read as 
follows:
* * * * *
[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TR31JA06.001


[[Page 4989]]


* * * * *
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17. Sample Label 1 in Appendix L to part 305 is revised to read as 
follows:
* * * * *
[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TR31JA06.002


[[Page 4990]]


* * * * *

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18. Sample Label 2 in Appendix L to part 305 is revised to read as 
follows:
* * * * *
[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TR31JA06.003


[[Page 4991]]


* * * * *

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19. Sample Label 9 in Appendix L to part 305 is revised to read as 
follows:
* * * * *
[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TR31JA06.004

* * * * *

    By direction of the Commission.
Donald S. Clark,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 06-882 Filed 1-30-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6750-01-C