'Most Efficient Energy Star' Label to Come in 2011
DOE to expand Energy Star certification to ovens, computers, heating and other devices
The department of energy (DOE) will be handing out some coveted Energy Star awards in January of 2011. This week at The Emerging Technologies Summit hosted in Sacramento, California, Kathleen Hogan from the DOE, explained the Energy Star award process. She also hinted to the audience which appliances might be scrutinized and graded by Energy Star in the near future. The new Energy Star ratings are based on new and improved rating guidelines, and a new label, the 'Most Efficient Energy Star' will go to those appliances deemed to be the most efficient in their category on the market today.
The public and industry insiders have been questioned by the DOE in the months leading up to the badges being officially proposed. Your television could be up for an award this time around. If they clean up their acts, your oven and computer could be in the Energy Star spotlight next time around. Refrigerators have been big energy culprits in the past using up to 2,000 kilowatt-hours a year, according to Art Rosenfield. The DOE is looking at a Westinghouse model that could use only 250 kilowatt-hours per year. This is substantially less than even the most efficient Energy Star rated units on the market today.
Cable boxes, computers, and many other appliances are in line to be tested thoroughly to establish their Energy Star rating. Heating, cooling, and ventilating systems have been seen as big hangups in energy conservation. One can only hope that the New Energy Star ratings will raise the bar on energy efficiency for all home appliances.