About 90% of Russians do not understand the energy efficiency labels on household appliances, according to the Rossiyskaya Gazeta. The newspaper believes that dirt cheap energy prices compared to, say, the EU, mean that Russians generally have no incentive to save electricity. In the meantime labels showing the energy efficiency class can be found on all household appliances from major manufacturers and in general they tend to be quite accurate.
People in Russia are Not Fully Aware of the Energy Efficiency of Home Appliances
Grigoriy Mikryukov, Head of Department for Sectors of Economy of the Analytical Center, reminded the reporter that in Russia, there is a list of goods that are required by law to have energy-efficiency class labels. These include refrigerators, washing machines, dish washers, air conditioners, electric lamps, TV sets, electric ovens and elevators. Administrative fines can be imposed for importing or selling these items without such labels: sole traders and company officials can be fined RUB 10,000 to RUB 15,000 with the item itself being confiscated in the worst case scenario and companies face fines 10 times as much plus confiscation, the expert pointed out.
Most consumers still don't really care about the energy efficiency class of household appliances they buy, Mr Mikrukov believes. "People simply don't know what kind of savings they can achieve by using more energy-efficient equipment," the expert complains. "So when they're choosing a TV set or a washing machine, most people still compare them primarily on price and basic features that are available." Most Russians do not care about the environmental impact while the economic effect cannot really be adequately assessed for most types of appliances at the household level.
According to Mr. Mikrukov the situation is better with lamps and lighting equipment. "Thanks to media and advertising a large number of consumers now know that gas-discharge and light-emitting diode lamps consume less energy and last longer than the transitional incandescent bulbs," he says. "But on the whole, people need to be given more information before they can start caring about the energy efficiency class of their appliances. And the state, manufacturers and the public must join forces to address this awareness-raising issue."
Source: Rossiyskaya Gazeta
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