Household Appliance Commercialization Rules

In Costa Rica, it is proposed to establish a regulatory framework to make the manufacture, import and sale of energy-efficient electrical appliances mandatory by 2020.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Representatives of the Instituto de Normas Tecnicas de Costa Rica (Inteco) informed that the regulatory framework to be approved consists of the implementation of thirteen standards that require electricity consumption limits in appliances, according to which it is defined whether or not they are efficient.

Nacion.com reports that "... The standards include LED light bulbs, commercial and domestic fridges, air conditioners, alternating current motors, ovens, electric cooking templates, cookers, electric showers and instant water heaters that are manufactured, imported or sold in Costa Rica."

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The article details that "... Part of Inteco's regulation also consists of the possible requirement for distributors to affix a yellow label visible to buyers. There, the maximum consumption corresponding to that model, previously examined, must be detailed according to the kilowatt hour of consumption per year. This way the person will know if the appliance meets the established limits. The key when choosing, is to determine which model is lower in consumption taking as a reference the limit set by Inteco."

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