New Label Identifies Most Energy-Efficient Appliances

by Antonio Pasolini on July 26, 2011

A new pilot initiative by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will help consumers identify the most energy-efficient devices. The project is called Most Efficient and is part of the Energy Star initiative whose objective is to encourage the public to save energy through efficiency.

The government agencies said in a release that Most Efficient will “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.”

“Over the last two decades, the Energy Star program has consistently offered consumers energy choices that have helped families save billions of dollars on their energy bills,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “The new Most Efficient designation is the next step towards encouraging new, more energy-efficient products to enter the market, so that consumers will have even more choices when it comes to high performance, high efficiency products that will save them energy and money.”

In order to quality for the Most Efficient designation, products need to demonstrate exceptional and cutting-edge efficiency performance. The Most Efficient recognition will represent approximately the top five percent 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.

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