Energy-efficient living

IECEE certification targets energy efficiency

By Claire Marchand

How many electrical appliances and devices do we rely on in any one day? From the lights that we switch on, to the hair dryer, oven and television at home and the computer in the office, most of the tasks we accomplish require the assistance of electrical devices. And then there are the appliances that run 24 hours a day, seven days a week: refrigerators and heaters, for example.

smart house
Our houses are becoming smarter, and so are the appliances we use

Aiming for smart and efficient

We are surrounded by electrical equipment but we are always on the lookout for new devices that will lighten the burden of our domestic chores and make life easier. The temptation is even greater today, with the emergence of appliances that are smart, interconnected and energy efficient. We may have twice as many electrical appliances as we had 15 or 20 years ago, and yet our electricity bills are lower.

Huge progress has been made in recent years in the development and manufacture of appliances and equipment that consume much less energy than was the case when energy saving wasn’t a pressing issue. Today’s appliances often consume less than half of the electricity they would have used in the past, despite the new products’ many added features.

Major benefit for the consumer

Improving the energy efficiency of household appliances and equipment saves money, reduces emissions and can also improve productivity. Many countries have developed, or are developing, strategies for energy savings and emissions reduction from appliances and are passing legislation to that effect.

Energy efficiency through IEC standards...

Standards can serve as the basis for regulations and legislation in the energy efficiency field. The IEC has a whole catalogue of International Standards that deal not only with safety requirements for appliances and equipment, but also provide metrics and testing specifications to achieve optimum energy consumption.

Manufacturers of appliances and equipment for domestic use can rely on IEC International Standards to develop state-of-the-art products that meet the strictest safety and energy-efficiency requirements. Going a step further, they can rely on the IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, to have their products tested and certified.

...and certification

IECEE has been testing and certifying appliances and equipment for many years, focusing on product safety and, when the standards require it, also providing services covering aspects of performance. Several years ago, in response to industry demand, IECEE introduced the product category E3 dedicated to energy efficiency.

IECEE identified a number of IEC International Standards for a variety of appliances – from refrigerators, washing machines and tumble dryers to vacuum cleaners, irons, coffee makers, fans and microwave ovens, to name but a few – that serve as a basis for testing the products’ energy efficiency performance.

The service provides a Test Report issued by a IECEE Certification Body Testing Laboratory (CBTL) and validated by a Statement of Test Result (STR) that is issued by an IECEE National Certification Body (NCB). It can be used either as a stand-alone or as a combined safety and energy efficiency/performance service where the Test Report and the STR are included in the CB Test Certificate or the CB FCS Certificate that is issued by the IECEE NCB.

More information: www.iecee.org

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smart house Our houses are becoming smarter, and so are the appliances we use
energy efficiency It is much easier today to monitor energy consumption on a daily basis
smart kettle Even simple appliances, such as kettles, are now smart