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Air conditioners

What is the scope of air conditioners’ energy efficiency standard?
Energy efficiency standard covers all types of air conditioners, as follow:
- Small capacity air conditioners standard (SASO 2663: 2018), including window and split air conditioners with capacity of ≤ 65,000 BTU / h.
- Other air conditioners included in the standard (SASO 2874: 2016).

؟ In case of having products with similar levels and prices difference, how are they distinguished

Difference is often due to product’s additional characteristics and features as well as country of origin

In case of having products with similar levels and prices difference, how are they distinguished?

Difference is often due to product’s additional characteristics and features as well as country of origin

What is the difference between split, central and window air conditioners?
while split and window air conditioners have small capacities of mostly less than 65 thousand BTU. Split and window air conditioners are often used for rooms air conditioning severally separately, while central air conditioners are used for entire building air conditioning. Central air conditioners typically consume more energy. However, they are often more efficient:

Does putting a split air conditioner on purifies dry dust?

We suggest you refer to the user manual for the air conditioner

What is the temperature suitable for heating and saving energy using air conditioner?

There is no Specific temperature that we recommend. However, the higher the heating temperature is,
the more the air conditioner consumes during its operation

When do we clean split and window air conditioners?

Filter is advised to be cleaned once every two weeks, while internal and external heat exchanger (radiator) should be washed once or twice per year.

How do I know whether air conditioner’s capacity is suitable for the room or not?
Suitable cooling capacity depends on room’s size, number of users, thermal insulation’s quality and nature of use. Further, referring to engineering office or air conditioners manufacturers in this regard is advised. In addition, you can visit www.taqa.gov.sa and use the calculator to figure out the best option for you. “To Sustain” website for calculation of suitable capacity via www.taqa.gov.sa.

Is turning the air conditioners off and on every time consume high energy?

Upon air conditioner turning on, it consumes huge amount of power. However, such high consumption lasts for very short period. Then, it returns to the normal consumption. However, upon operation continuation, air conditioner consumes electricity continuously. Therefore, turning air conditioner off when it is not in need or when leaving the place is advised.

Is air conditioner’s fan mode deemed consuming?

Although fan mode consumes electricity, it indeed is incomparable to compressor consumption at time of operation.

What is central air conditioner’s classification in relation to other systems in terms of efficiency?You can refer to technical standard (SASO 2874/2016), which includes several types of large-capacity air conditioners including central air conditioners.

Upon turning the air conditioner on below 20 ° C, does compressor continue working?
The lower the required temperature is, the greater the compressor effort and work are to reach such temperature. Therefore, setting temperature to 24°C, which is the best temperature for a human comfort and energy saving, is advised.

A temperature, scale from 1 to 9, how do I set it to 24 ° C?

It is difficult to determine this, but we recommend placing it in the middle.

If annual consumption written on air conditioner amounts 12204 kW per year, does it mean that in the event of air conditioner operation for the entire year without turning it off would consume such amount?
Such an amount is an approximate figure for air conditioner consumption per year, assuming operation of air conditioner at rate of 2,700 hours / year referring to SASO standard ..

How do I know if the capacity of the air conditioner is suitable for the room?The appropriate cooling capacity depends on the size of the room, the number of users, the quality of the thermal insulation and the nature of consumption, and it is recommended to refer to the engineering office or the companies that manufacture air conditioners in this regard.

What does energy annual consumption mean?
It means air conditioner’s average energy consumption per year on the basis of operation for (2700 hours), i.e. It is calculated as per air conditioner operation’s daily rate amounts seven and a half hours approx.
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thermal insulation

Could you elaborate on how walls and ceilings are insulated?
Regarding new buildings, thermal insulation plans for exterior walls, ceiling and windows are made during building design process by designing engineering office as per SBC requirements. While for existing buildings, internal or external insulation could be installed for exterior walls and ceiling. In addition, windows could be replaced with double glazed windows, upon consultation of competent engineering office..

Is there specific and practical method for existing and old houses’ thermal insulation?
Regarding the existing or old buildings, internal or external insulation could be installed for exterior walls and ceiling. In addition, windows could be replaced with double glazed windows, upon consultation with competent engineering office.

Is volcanic block deemed thermal insulator?
External walls and ceilings system shall fulfill thermal transfer’s coefficient values ​​in accordance with SBC requirements. In addition, used materials and their thickness shall be specified by engineering competent offices.

What is the best thermal insulator?
The higher thermal resistance, the better insulation material is, regardless of its color or type. Suitable insulation material shall be specified by competent engineering offices.

My house is 7 years old, and is not insulated, How can I install insulation material?Regarding your house, internal or external insulation could be installed for exterior walls and ceiling. In addition, windows could be replaced with double glazed windows upon consultation with competent engineering office.
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What is thermal insulation, and what are its particularsspecifics, please clarify?
Materials having thermal insulating properties that assist in reduction of heat leakage and transfer from outside the building to inside in summer and vice versa in winter. They could be installed for new and existing buildings: Regarding new buildings, thermal insulation plans for exterior walls, ceiling and windows are made during building design process by design engineering office. Regarding existing buildings, internal or external insulation could be installed for exterior walls and ceiling. In addition, windows could be replaced with double glazed ones, upon consultation of a specialized engineering office..

Is thermal insulation mandatory for new buildings, and are penalties would be imposed if not comply?

Thermal insulation is mandatory for all government, residential and commercial buildings. Penalties would be imposed on violators as per SBC’s law and technical regulations.

Is it possible to install thermal insulation upon construction completion? What is the insulation type?
Regarding existing or old buildings, internal or external insulation could be installed for exterior walls and ceiling. In addition, windows could be replaced with double glazed windows, upon consultation with competent engineering office.
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Vehicles

Is there a plan to increase fuel economy annually?
The Fuel Economy Standard set by the Saudi Energy Efficiency Program (SEEP), requires that automotive manufacturers improve the fuel economy at a rate of approximately 3.5% annually. Given that these manufacturers improve their vehicle models annually, they can still improve the energy efficiency of these models over different time intervals, where the improvement rate meets the annual standard requirements, instead of improving energy efficiency of each model on an annual basis. Example: A manufacturer can update the model of one of the vehicles which results in improving fuel economy by 15%. This means that the manufacturer has fulfilled the standard requirements for the next 4 years.

Do the size, type of the vehicle, year, place of manufacture, engine capacity, fuel type, or tire type affect fuel consumption? Why?

There are several factors that affect the vehicle’s fuel consumption, but the most important ones are engine capacity, technology, vehicle weight, and fuel type. Similar to the one used for vehicles, there is also an energy-efficiency standard for tires. Moreover, it is worth mentioning that the value of each vehicle’s fuel economy may vary depending on its year of manufacture, as it is known that vehicle specifications change over the years. One of these specifications is the technologies used to reduce fuel consumption..

Are there any new requirements for importing a used vehicle to the Kingdom?
Yes, a used vehicle importer must obtain an approval certificate from the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) which proves that the imported vehicle complies with the fuel economy standard. Those who are interested in importing vehicles can apply for this certificate using the SLS portal https://www.sls.gov.sa.

This certificate does not eliminate any of the other requirements for importing used vehicles to the Kingdom. To mention a few, these vehicles must not be damaged or previously used as a taxi, as well as other requirements set by other governmental entities like the Saudi Customs and the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO).


What were the efforts made by the relevant stakeholders to adopt the fuel economy standard? What was their role in implementing the standard?

The Saudi Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standard (CAFE) was developed based on the joint efforts made by all relevant entities in the land transport sector in the Kingdom, all of which were represented in the land transport team under the Saudi Energy Efficiency Program (SEEP). These entities were: the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Transport, the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), the General Department of Traffic, and the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC). Moreover, SASO issued the standard in November 2014. The standard was implemented in collaboration with all concerned governmental entities, namely: the Ministry of Commerce, the Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization, and the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center.

What efforts did Saudi Arabia make to adopt the fuel economy standard? Why do we need it?
In cooperation with concerned governmental entities, the Saudi Energy Efficiency Program (SEEP) has identified the causes of the declining levels of energy efficiency in the land transport sector. It concluded that poor fuel-efficient vehicles in the existing fleet are the main cause behind the low fuel consumption efficiency in the sector. The Kingdom’s fleet average fuel economy in 2012 was approximately 12 kilometers per liter (km/L), compared to 13 km/L in USA, 15 km/L in China, and 18 km/L in Europe. SEEP’s land transport team has developed the Saudi Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standard (CAFE) in collaboration with governmental and non-governmental (local & international) entities. When the development of the CAFE standard was initiated back in November 2013, the team considered multiple measures as follows:

Consider the nature of the supply and demand in the local automotive market
Establish continuous communication with the automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) through annual fuel economy reports and receive their feedback and suggestions on the standard
Maintain technology neutrality in the local market
These measures helped in ensuring fair competition, diversity of vehicle options available to consumers, and the continuous improvement of the CAFE standard. Hence, more than 80 companies – collectively represent more than %99 of the vehicles’ sales in the Kingdom – approved and agreed to apply the Saudi Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standard (CAFE) on their light-duty vehicles, resulting in significant fuel savings in the sector..

What is the Saudi Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standard? Why is it Important?

The transportation sector is the third biggest energy consumer sector in the Kingdom, and the consumption is projected to grow even further due to the increase in the number of imported light-duty vehicles that are expected to be added to the existing fleet in the next 15 years. Hence, the Kingdom started to focus on improving the energy efficiency of these vehicles to mitigate the impact of the increased energy demand in the sector. This was achieved by implementing the Saudi Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standard (CAFE) on January 1st 2016. The CAFE standard aims to improve light-duty vehicles’ energy efficiency by setting annual fuel economy targets on these vehicles and ensuring compliance by automotive manufacturers.

refrigerator

When I find a refrigerator or washing machine that does not have energy efficiency label, is this deemed commercial fraud and who shall I report for taking the required actions?
visible label is deemed considered as a violation. We hope that you will report the case via (Balagh tegary)App. or contact “Consumer Call Center” by calling 1900

What is standard application, customs and markets monitoring mechanism, and what are the roles of parties participating in application mechanism?
Saudi Energy Efficiency Program, represented by relevant regulators (Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, SASO, General Authority of Customs and SEEC) monitors products included in energy efficiency scope, and ensures fulfilment of both standard specifications and energy efficiency regulations’ requirements via three key phases:

1- Production lines: Including visiting factories and withdrawal of samples for testing.

2- Customs Ports: verification of certificates validity, and withdrawal of random samples for testing.

3- Markets: Visiting sales outlets and warehouses for verification of energy efficiency labels’ data.

What are the factors affecting refrigerator or washing machine’s energy consumption? Its size, type, year and place of manufacture, technical characteristics, etc .. and why?
In general, size and technology have significant impact on appliance’s efficiency. Therefore, a key objective of energy efficiency specifications was represented in the establishment of appliances’ minimum limits as applied in air conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators and lightings, which contribute to adoption of latest and most energy saving technologies by manufacturers. Do not place refrigerators and freezers, in particular, in close place or adjacent to wall or heat source. Further, do not put hot foods directly inside refrigerator. Do not forget also the consumer’s misuse.
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Are there plans to prepare specifications for other electrical devices soon?
The program has a list of some household appliances, and economic feasibility studies are conducted for them, and if they prove to be of economic feasibility, then they are included in the program’s work plan
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Washing Machines

When I find a refrigerator or washing machine that does not have energy efficiency label, is this deemed commercial fraud and who shall I report for taking the required actions?
Energy efficiency product without visible label is considered as a violation. We hope that you will report the case via (Balagh tegary) App. or contact “Consumer Call Center” by calling 1900. Lack of energy efficiency label on product is deemed a violation. We hope that you will report the same via Balagh App. or contact “Consumer Call Center” by calling 1900.

What is standard application, customs and markets monitoring mechanism, and what are the roles of parties participating in application mechanism?
Saudi Energy Efficiency Program, represented by relevant regulators (Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, SASO, General Authority of Customs and SEEC) monitors products included in energy efficiency scope, and ensures fulfilment of both standard specifications and energy efficiency regulations’ requirements via three key phases:

1- Production lines: Including visiting factories and withdrawal of samples for testing.

2- Customs Ports: verification of certificates validity, and withdrawal of random samples for testing.

3- Markets: Visiting sales outlets and warehouses for verification of energy efficiency labels’ data..

What are the efforts of the participating entities in approving the energy efficiency card for washing machines and refrigerators?
The Saudi Energy Efficiency Center, the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization, the Saudi Customs Authority, the Ministry of Trade and Investment, the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources are an important part of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Program’s work system by contributing to the preparation of standard specifications, monitoring imported products in customs, and monitoring local factories, warehouses and markets.
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What are the factors affecting refrigerator or washing machine’s energy consumption? Its size, type, year and place of manufacture, technical characteristics, etc.. and why?
In general, size and technology have significant impact on appliance’s efficiency. Therefore, a key objective of energy efficiency specifications was represented in establishment of appliances’ minimum limits as applied in air conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators and lightings, which contributes to adoption of latest and most energy saving technologies by manufacturers. Do not place refrigerators and freezers, in particular, in close place or adjacent to wall or heat source. Further, do not put hot foods directly inside refrigerator. Do not forget also the consumer’s misuse.
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Are there plans for issuing new standards for other electrical appliances soon?
Saudi Energy Efficiency Program has a list of household appliances, and economic feasibility studies are being conducted for home appliances. . In the event that such studies prove said appliances’ economic feasibility, they shall be incorporated in SEEP work plan.Now a days, there are some home appliances on track to have a standard as soon as possible.

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How to read the energy efficiency label for tires?
The energy efficiency label for tires contains six different levels, ranging from excellent to very poor, and it consists of two sections:

The left section is dedicated to energy efficiency-related information, such as the amount of fuel saved based on the rolling resistance rating of the specified tire. If the black arrow is pointing at “Excellent” (green category), it means that the tire is classified as one of the most fuel-efficient products in the market, while if the arrow is pointing at “Very poor” (red category), this means that the tire is classified as one of the least fuel-efficient products in the market
The right section is dedicated to safety-related information, mainly the wet grip rating of the specified tire, reflecting the tire’s resistance to slipping on wet surfaces. If the black arrow is pointing at “Excellent” (green category), it means that the tire is classified as one of the safest products in the market when driving on wet surfaces, while if the arrow is pointing at “Very poor” (red category), this means that the tire is classified as one of the most unsafe products when driving on wet surfaces..

What are the differences between the different Levels? How much fuel can be saved under each of these levels?
In terms of energy efficiency, the lower the tire’s resistance to on-road rolling, the better the level of energy efficiency. Hence, having better performance and less fuel consumption (around %1.5- 2.5 fuel savings)

In terms of safety, a higher wet grip rating reduces the distance needed to stop the vehicle when using brakes on wet surfaces. Hence, increasing the safety of the tire when driving under severe weather conditions.

Are there any other efforts made by the Kingdom to reduce the energy consumption in the transport sector?
There are several initiatives related to the transport sector, some of which have been implemented, and others are under development. The most important ones are the Fuel Economy Label for new light-duty vehicles, the Saudi Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standard for new imported light-duty vehicles, the ecosystem of reducing fuel consumption for on-road vehicles, and initiatives targeted at reducing fuel consumption in heavy-duty vehicles.

When do i need to buy new tires for my vehicle? how far or how long can a tire be used before wearing out?
There is no specific way to know when to change a tire, but it depends on several factors: tire design, individual driving habits, climate, and road conditions. One indicator to know when to change a tire is the visible signs on tire wear, also known as “wear bars”. Wear bars look like narrow, smooth rubber strips and are located transversally on the tire tread and will appear when the tire wears out and needs to be replaced. You must replace your tire if 3 or more wear bars appear. Other ways to knowing when to change a tire are visible wires, cords, or fabric showing through the wire tread, deep tread or side cracks or cuts enough for wires or fabric to show, tire cracks or bubbles, or any other non-repairable puncture or damage.

Does maintaining the proper tire pressure reduces fuel consumption? how?
Yes, it does. Maintaining the recommended tire pressure helps prevent tire bulging when in contact with the road, hence decreasing its rolling resistance, and reducing fuel consumption..

When did the implementation of the standard begin? When did the customs and market surveillance begin to ensure compliance with the standard?
The first phase of standard was implemented on the 1st of November 2015. It included imported and locally-manufactured tires.

The Standard does not prohibit selling a certain tire type, but it rather determines the level of energy efficiency required in vehicle tires. Racing tires are usually more efficient, but do not suit all types of vehicles.

Does Purchasing an energy effeicient tire affect vehicle’s speed?

There is no direct relationship between speed and tire type, but the tire’s energy efficiency is rather related to vehicle performance.

Is there a table that shows the tire type and size suitable to each vehicle’s specifications?
The tire size varies depending on the vehicle’s model, as each model requires a specific tire size that you can know by asking the authorized distributor or by referring to the manufacturer’s manual. The tire type varies depending on its use, as there are racing tires, off-road tires, snow tires, and so on.

Apart from saving fuel, what are other advantages of purchasing energy efficient tires?

Energy efficient tires boost up vehicle overall performance, hence reducing load on the engine, because energy efficient tires reduce rolling resistance..

What are other tire-related factors that reduce fuel consumption? Tire size and place of manufacture for example?
There are other factors which contribute greatly to reducing fuel consumption, preserving tire life, and maintaining public safety. Some of which are: maintaining proper tire pressure, balancing the tires regularly, and using tire sizes which are recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.

When purchasing a new vehicle, will it come with energy efficient tires?

Tires that comply with the Energy Efficiency Standard will be installed to light-duty vehicles starting November 2016, and to heavy-duty vehicles starting November 2017.

Are there figures and statistics on fuel consumption in the Kingdom’s transport sector?

According to 2020 data, the transport sector contributes to almost 20% of the Kingdom’s total energy consumption.

Lightings

How to calculate lighting consumption in houses?
Lighting consumption shall be calculated as per SASO standard specification on specific time for operation of bulb per day, which is two and half hours. Therefore, to know daily consumption, multiply operating hours by bulbs’ rated power (kW)..

LED prices are expensive compared to traditional bulbs?
LED may be more expensive than regular bulbs. However, you will notice a significant difference in consumption upon usage of LEDs, and on the long term, you will find that you save more than acquiring traditional bulbs.

Are LED bulbs more efficient?
LED technology is one of the most saving technologies as it consumes less energy compared to intensity of illumination produced thereby.

What are the restrictions on importing halogen and fluorescent lamp?
To know the conditions for lighting products (halogen and fluorescent), please refer to the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization or Saudi Customs.

Taakad App.

What is Taakad App.?
Taakad app. allowing consumer to insure authenticity of energy efficiency label for electrical products (air conditioners, washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters and lighting products), vehicles and tires. Besides, verification of quality mark’s effectiveness. Sales outlets’ violations can be reported as Taakad App. is linked to commercial violation app. (balagh tegary) to facilitate reporting process.

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What are domestic appliances supported by Taakad App.?
Taakad App. supports energy efficiency products bearing energy efficiency label as follows (split and window air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dryers, water heaters, lighting products, tires and vehicles) included in scope of Saudi standards.

What are domestic appliances supported by Taakad App.?

Taakad App. supports energy efficiency products bearing energy efficiency label as follows (split and window air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dryers, water heaters, lighting products, tires and vehicles) included in scope of Saudi standards.

What are mobile devices via which Taakad App. could be used?
Taakad App. could be used via all mobile smart devices.

What may I do in case Taakad App. information does not match to information on energy efficiency labels?
It is deemed a violation. We hope that you will report the case via Balagh App. or contact “Consumer Call Center” by calling 1900.”

How does Taakad App. work?
Taakad App. works by using feature of QR code scanning for products with quality mark and products with energy efficiency labels. In addition, Taakad App. works by using the feature of products searching and comparing..

What are cars supported by Taakad App.?
All vehicles as from 2015 model year and thereafter..