Not All Energy Star Products Measure Up
The audit found that the two agencies responsible for the Energy Star program--the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency--haven't been fully enforcing compliance. The audit also said manufacturers of some products, including refrigerators and air conditioners, have been certifying products themselves.
Last week, the DOE issued a statement, detailing how it plans to firm up its oversight of energy-efficiency certification. The DOE said it will randomly review whether manufacturers are meeting all the specifications for efficiency standards, such as the Energy Star logo. Lack of full compliance could lead to penalties or actions, such as removing a label. The DOE also said it will issue guidelines for new product categories quickly.
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