Friday, July 15, 2011

New “Most Efficient” Consumer Product Designation

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced a new product recognition label for the most energy-efficient products in their category. The new designation of “Most Efficient” aims to provide all manufacturers with an incentive for greater product energy efficiency while providing consumers new information about the products that comprise the top tier in the categories.

Products that receive the Most Efficient designation demonstrate exceptional efficiency performance. The Most Efficient recognition will represent approximately the top 5% of models on the market in the following categories: clothes washers, heating and cooling equipment, televisions, and refrigerator-freezers.

Consumers will be able to identify Most Efficient products on the Energy Star website and in stores by looking for the Most Efficient designation. In addition to meeting established performance requirements, products must also be Energy Star qualified and certified by an EPA-recognized certification body. EPA is encouraging manufacturers to submit products that meet the requirements for recognition.

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