That’s about to be fixed with the “Most Efficient” label, a pilot program operated jointly by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy. This new category will have tighter performance standard requirements representing approximately the top 5% of models on the market in the following categories: laundry, heating and cooling systems, TVs and refrigerator-freezers.
The program aims to encourage new, more energy efficient products to enter the market, increasing the consumer options for high performance, high efficient products to save them money as well as energy.
“This new designation will help Americans save money and cut pollution by quickly pointing them to the best Energy Star products have to offer. Highlighting Energy Star’s Most Efficient products is a great way to encourage the strides in innovation that bring even more energy and money saving choices to our stores,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.
In order to qualify, products “must demonstrate efficiency performance that is truly exceptional, inspirational or leading-edge”.
Consumers can find Most Efficient products on the Energy Star website and in stores by looking for the Most Efficient sticker. In addition to meeting accepted performance qualifications, products must also be Energy Star qualified and certified by an EPA-recognized certification body.
For more information on the ENERGY STAR program visit: http://www.energystar.gov/