ENERGY STAR Testing & Verification Programs get an Improvement Makeover
As a result of findings that Energy Star certified products have not been performing to claimed energy efficiency standards, the EPA and DOE announced a two-step process to expand testing of ENERGY STAR appliances and establish requirements for manufacturers to provide on-going verification of compliance with the program. All products seeking the ENERGY STAR label will be tested to assure they meet the baseline level of energy efficiency required for appliances. The joint press release issued last Friday presented the new initiative as part of an effort to "clear the logjam and issue long-delayed appliance energy efficiency standards" that will advance the administrations pledge "to improve the energy efficiency of homes and appliances to save families money."
Both the EPA and DOE have issued civil penalties against manufacturers who violated the energy efficiency standards of ENERGY STAR. "The steps we're taking now will further strengthen and improve the program," explained Cathy Zoi, DOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy stated that "ENERGY STAR is an easy way for consumers to save money and help fight climate change."