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How to read a tire energy efficiency label?

The tire energy efficiency label consists of two sides: the left side is concerned with energy efficiency and the expected amount of fuel savings with this tire, and the right side is about the tire's wet grip and its rolling resistance. There are 6 categories for each side, starting from very bad and ending with excellent. If the black arrow is on the excellent rank, i.e. on the green color in the energy efficiency section, this means the tire is one of the most fuel-efficient tires. If the arrow is on the bad rank, i.e. on the orange color, this means the tire consumes higher amounts of fuel. You will also find two indexes on the card; The index on the left shows the rank of energy efficiency, and the index on the right shows the rank of wet grip. Inside the index, the tyre class is written in English.

What is the difference between the energy efficiency label categories and how much is the savings between one category and another?

The higher the rank of energy efficiency, the lower the tire's rolling resistance, reducing fuel consumption and improving the vehicle's performance. The wet grip reduces the distance required for the vehicle to stop when using the brakes.

What other efforts has the Kingdom made to save energy consumption in the transportation sector?

There are many initiatives related to the transportation sector, some of which have been implemented and others are being worked on. The most important ones are working on the fuel efficiency label for new light vehicles, the fuel efficiency standard for imported light vehicles, the fuel saving system for vehicles on the road, and initiatives to reduce fuel consumption in heavy transport vehicles.

What factors should be taken into consideration when changing tires?

There is no specific distance or time for this, but changing the tire depends on several factors such as design, driving style, climate, and road conditions. The wear of the tire surface or the appearance of the so-called wear bars, which are narrow horizontal strips of smooth rubber on the tire's tread, the protrusion of a wire or piece of rubber, cracks and punctures or damage beyond repair all mean it's time to replace your tires. You should change the tire if the tire shows three or more tread wear indicators.

How does maintaining tire pressure reduce consumption?

Keeping the tire air pressure as recommended helps prevent the tire from denting when it comes in contact with the road, thus reducing the tire’s rolling resistance and fuel consumption. 

When did the implementation of the standard and control of customs and markets begin?

The implementation of the first phase of the standard began on November 1, 2015, for imported and locally manufactured tires.

Does buying the most energy-efficient tire affect the car's performance?

Yes, buying a high-efficiency tire gives the vehicle better performance than a low-efficiency tire.

Does buying the most energy-efficient tire affect the speed of the car?

No, there is no direct relationship between the speed and the tire, as the relationship is between the energy efficiency of the tire and the vehicle's performance.

Is there a table that shows the suitable size and type of tire for each car?

No, the size of the tire varies according to the model of the vehicle; Each model has a specific size that can be known through the authorized agent or the brochure of the vehicle's manufacturer. The type of tire differs according to the type of use as well. There are tires for racing, tires for off-road driving, and tires for driving on snow.

What are the advantages of buying a high-efficiency tire?

Tires with high energy efficiency improve the overall performance of the vehicle and reduce the load on the engine. Because it reduces the rolling resistance of the tire on the surface on which the vehicle is running.

What are the most important tips related to tires that affect fuel efficiency?

Among the most important tips that have a significant impact on reducing consumption and preserving the life of the tire: maintaining ideal air pressure in the tire, balancing the tires periodically, and choosing the tire size recommended by the car manufacturer. 

Do tires with new cars comply with energy efficiency requirements?

The tires comply with the energy efficiency requirements as of November 2016 for light car tires, and as of November 2017 for heavy truck tires.

What is the energy consumption of the transportation sector in the Kingdom?

According to 2021 data, the transportation sector consumes about 18% of the total energy in the Kingdom. 

Does car's size, type, year of manufacture, place of manufacture, engine capacity, fuel type, tire, etc. affect consumption?

There are several factors that affect the fuel consumption of the car, mostly the engine capacity and technology, weight, and fuel type. There is also a standard that determines the energy efficiency of the tires, also the value of fuel consumption for each car changes according to the year of manufacture, as the car’s specifications change with the years, and among these specifications are the technologies used to reduce fuel consumption.

What are the requirements for importing a used vehicle into Saudi Arabia?

The used car importer must provide a certificate from SASO (Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization) showing that the imported vehicle conforms to the requirements of fuel economy standard. Those wishing to import vehicles can issue the certificate from here: https://www.sls.gov.sa, this does not eliminate any other requirements for importing used vehicles into the Kingdom, such as if they were damaged or used as a taxi, or other requirements that can be known from the Customs Authority.

What are the efforts that done by participating entities in adopting the standard and their role in the implementation mechanism?

The fuel economy standard was developed based on a joint effort between all stakeholders in the land transport sector, which are all represented in the land transport team of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Program, (namely: the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Transport, the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization, the General Traffic Department, and the Saudi Center for energy efficiency). The standard was also issued by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization in November 2014, and it will be applied in cooperation with all concerned government agencies, namely: (The Ministry of Commerce, the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization, and the Saudi Center for Energy Efficiency).

What are the Kingdom's efforts to adopt the fuel economy standard?

The Saudi Energy Efficiency Program, in cooperation with all concerned authorities in the Kingdom, identified the reasons for the low level of energy consumption efficiency in the road transport sector. It concluded that the low rate of vehicle fuel economy is the main reason for the low level of energy consumption efficiency in this sector. The average vehicle fuel economy in the Kingdom is about 12 kilometers per liter of fuel, compared to about 13 kilometers per liter of fuel in the United States of America, 15 kilometers per liter of fuel in China, and 18 kilometers per liter of fuel in Europe! The specialized team in the program has worked with governmental and non-governmental agencies at all local, regional and international levels to prepare the Saudi standard for fuel economy. When starting work on preparing the standard in November 2013, the nature of supply and demand for vehicles in the Kingdom was taken into account, and the authorities contacted international car manufacturers to submit fuel economy reports for their vehicles and take their observations and suggestions regarding achieving continuous improvement in the level of the standard while maintaining technical neutrality and fair competition. And the variety of vehicle options available to consumers, and the process of preparing the standard resulted in the approval and commitment of more than 80 companies representing an industry source of more than 99% of vehicle sales in the Kingdom to apply the Saudi standard for fuel economy in light vehicles, which achieves high savings in consumed energy.

What is the fuel economy standard? And how important is it?

The transportation sector constitutes the third largest consumer of energy in the Kingdom, and its consumption is expected to grow in the future. It is expected that the number of light vehicles will exceed the current stock of vehicles on the road in the next 15 years. Therefore, addressing the energy efficiency of this category of vehicles is very important, and to achieve this goal, a fuel economy standard was developed, and it came into effect on January 1, 2016. The standard aims to improve energy efficiency in light vehicles imported into the Kingdom.

How to calculate consumption of house lighting?

The standard specification is based on a standard running time of the lamp per day, which is two and a half hours. To find out the daily consumption, multiply consumption hours by the total power of lighting in the house. 

Are LED bulbs economical?

yes; LED technology is one of the most economical technologies, as it consumes little energy and is highly luminous.

Are LED bulbs economical?

Is it a violation not to have an energy efficiency label on the devices?

Yes, it is a violation. We recommend submitting a report via Verify-Sy, applying a Commercial Report, or contacting the Ministry of Commerce and Investment on 1900.

What is the mechanism for monitoring standard implementation, and the mechanism for monitoring customs and markets? What are the roles of the parties involved in the implementation mechanism?

The Saudi Energy Efficiency Program, represented by the relevant regulatory authorities: (Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, Saudi Standards, Saudi Customs) monitors products that fall under the scope of energy efficiency to ensure that there are energy efficiency labels, and conformity of products to standard specifications and energy efficiency regulations through three main stages: 

- Production lines: including visiting factories and taking samples for testing.

- Customs ports: verifying the validity of certificates, and taking random samples for testing.

- Markets: Visit sales outlets and warehouses to verify energy efficiency label data.

What factors affect washing machines energy consumption? And why?

Their size and the technology used, which has a great effect on the efficiency of the device. One of the main objectives of the energy efficiency specifications is to set minimum limits for devices, as in air conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators, and lighting; This contributes to manufacturers adopting the latest and most energy-efficient technologies.

Are there plans to set specifications for other electrical appliances?

The program has a list of some household appliances, feasibility studies are being conducted for them, and if they are proven to be economically feasible, they will be included in the program's work plan.

How many hours does a dryer work per year?

The number of operating hours varies from one dryer to another according to the operating program, but the annual consumption is calculated for 160 drying cycles per year.

When is the best time to use a clothes dryer?

We recommend avoiding peak times around 1-5 pm. 

What is better to save energy, the regular water heater or the instant water heater?

The instant water heater is more efficient than the regular one.

What is the difference between instant and regular water heaters in terms of electricity consumption?

The instant water heater consumes electricity only when operating, while the regular one reheats every now and then even when not in use to maintain a constant water temperature, so the instant heater water is more economical.

What is the difference between central and instant water heaters?

We recommend the instant heater because it consumes energy only at the time of use. When comparing between the instant and the central ones, the appropriate capacities for use, the amount of consumption, and the number of instant water heaters equivalent to the central heater must be taken into account, in addition to comparing product prices, installation and maintenance costs.

Does turning on the heater before use and turning it off when finished reduce consumption?

We recommend turning off the heater when it is not needed for long periods of time

What is the appropriate temperature for heaters?

Each heater has temperatures, and we recommend setting the temperature at 60 because it is the appropriate temperature for use, and the higher the temperature, the greater the consumption.

Is it a violation not to have an energy efficiency label on the devices? And which parties are concerned with this matter?

Yes, it is a violation if the product falls within the scope of the standard. Please submit a report via Verify-Sy application or Application of a Commercial Violation, or contact the Ministry of Commerce and Investment at 1900.

What is the mechanism for monitoring standard implementation, and the mechanism for monitoring customs and markets? What are the roles of the parties involved in the implementation mechanism?

The Saudi Energy Efficiency Program, represented by the relevant regulatory authorities: (Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, Saudi Standards, Saudi Customs) monitors products that fall under the scope of energy efficiency to ensure that there are energy efficiency labels, and conformity of products to standard specifications and energy efficiency regulations through three main stages:

- Production lines: including visiting factories and taking samples for testing.

- Customs ports: verifying the validity of certificates, and taking random samples for testing. 

- Markets: Visit sales outlets and warehouses to verify energy efficiency label data. 

What factors affect refrigerator energy consumption? And why?

Their size and the technology used, which has a great effect on the efficiency of the device. One of the main objectives of the energy efficiency specifications is to set minimum limits for devices, as in air conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators, and lighting; This contributes to manufacturers adopting the latest and most energy-efficient technologies, It is also preferable not to place refrigeration devices in a narrow place, adjacent to the wall, or next to a heat source, and to let hot foods cool slightly before placing them inside the refrigerator.

Are there plans to set specifications for other electrical appliances?

The program has a list of some household appliances, feasibility studies are being conducted for them, and if they are proven to be economically feasible, they will be included in the program's work plan.

How to insulate walls and ceilings?

New buildings are insulated by making thermal insulation schemes for external walls, upper ceiling, and windows during the building design process by the engineering office. Existing buildings are insulated by installing internal or external insulation for external walls and upper ceiling, and replacing windows with double ones, after consulting a specialized engineering office.

Is there a practical way to apply thermal insulation for existing and old houses?

It is possible to install internal or external insulation for external walls and upper ceiling, and replace windows with double ones, after consulting a specialized engineering office.

Does thermal insulation contribute in reducing consumed energy by ACs?

Energy consumption is calculated annually due to operational and climatic changes from month to month.

Is the volcanic block a thermal insulator?

The system of external walls and ceilings must fulfill the values of the heat transfer coefficient in accordance with the requirements of the Saudi Building Code, and the appropriate insulation system can be determined through a specialized engineering office.

What is the best thermal insulator?

The higher the thermal resistance, the better the insulating material. The color or type has nothing to do with that. The appropriate insulation material should be determined by a specialized engineering office.

How can I install thermal insulation in my 7-year-old house?

You can install internal or external insulation for external walls and upper ceiling, and replace the windows with double ones, after consulting a specialized engineering office.

What is thermal insulation?

Materials with thermal insulating properties that help limiting heat leakage and transmission from outside the building to the inside in summer and vice versa in winter. They can be installed for new and existing buildings by making thermal insulation schemes for external walls, upper ceiling and windows during the building design process in new buildings by the engineering office. And it is possible to install internal or external insulation for external walls and upper ceiling, and replace the windows with double ones in the existing buildings, after consulting a specialized engineering office.

Is it mandatory to install thermal insulation for new buildings, and are there any penalties for not insulated building?

Thermal insulation is mandatory for all governmental, residential and commercial buildings, and there are penalties for violators according to the technical regulations of the Saudi Building Code. 

Is thermal insulation installed for buildings after construction completion? And what type of insulation?

Yes, it is possible to install internal or external insulation of external walls and upper ceiling, and replace the windows with double ones, after consulting a specialized engineering office.

What is the difference between central AC, split AC and window AC?

Central ACs have a large cooling capacity and they are used for buildings. Central ACs are more energy-consuming, but more efficient. Where split and window ACs, have a small capacity (less than 65,000 BTU), and they are used for individual rooms. Split AC is more efficient than window.

Does split AC purify air from dust when dry mode is on?

It depends on the technology used within the AC, Dry mode is for dehumidification, each manufacturer uses different technology in this field, so we recommend that you refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

What is the appropriate temperature for heating and saving energy in split AC?

The higher the temperature, the higher the consumption, so there is no such temperature.

When is it recommended to clean split AC and window AC?

We recommend cleaning the filter every two weeks, and cleaning the interior and exterior radiator once or twice a year.

What are the advantages in different air conditioners when the air conditioning levels are the same but the prices are different?

There will be other additional features

What is the suitable air conditioner capacity for the room?

The appropriate cooling capacity depends on the size of the room, number of users, the quality of thermal insulation, and consumption nature, it is advised to refer to the engineering office or the manufacturer in this regard.

Does turning AC on and off consume a lot of energy each time?

When you turn on the AC, it will consume a larger amount of energy in a very short time, after that the consumption will be normal, and will consume energy throughout the operating period, so we recommend turning it off if it is no longer needed or when leaving the place.

Does AC consume more energy on fan mode?

The fan mode raises energy consumption, but it's not comparable to the compressor consumption at the operation time.

Does the compressor continue to work if the temperature is below 20 degrees?

The higher the temperature of the air conditioner, the less effort is required from the compressor to reach this temperature, so it works for shorter periods.

How to set window ACs that do not have a temperature indicator or a scale of 1-9 on 24 degree?

It is recommended to place the cursor in the middle.

If it is written that the annual consumption is 12204 kilowatts per year on the AC, does that means if it works all year without shutting down, then this is its consumption?

This is an approximate consumption figure, assuming the air conditioner is running at an average of 2,700 hours per year.

What is meant by the annual energy consumption on the energy efficiency label?

It means the average energy consumption per year on the basis of operation (2700 hours), or 7 and a half hours per day.

Taakad App

What is Verify-Sy Application?

Application that allows consumers to check energy efficiency labels for household appliances, tires and fuel economy labels for cars.

What home devices does Verify-Sy app support?

Supports energy efficiency labeled products, which are within the scope of the standard.

How does the Verify-Sy app work?

The application works by using the QR code scanning feature for products that have the quality mark and products that have energy efficiency labels, and it also works by using the search and comparison between products feature.

What mobile devices support Verify-Sy application?

Most mobile smart devices support the app.

What do I do when the information shown in Verify-Sy app does not match the information shown on the Energy Efficiency Label?

It is considered a violation, and we hope that you will submit a report through Application of a Commercial Violation or call the Consumer Reporting Center 1900.

What cars are supported by Verify-Sy?

Supports 2015 following years models.