How the EPA Chooses Products to Earn the Energy Star Label

Products may earn the Energy Star label by meeting specific energy effective requirements set forth by the Energy Star conditions.  The EPA establishes these conditions based on the following:

  • ¬†Product categories must contribute significant energy savings nationwide
  • Qualified products must suggest the features and performance insisted by consumers in addition to improved energy efficiency
  • If the qualified product costs more than a conventional, less efficient equivalent, purchasers will recover their investment in increased energy efficiency through utility bill savings, within a sensible period of time.
  • Energy efficiency can be reached through broadly obtainable non-proprietary technologies offered by more than one manufacturer
  • Product energy consumption and performance can be measured and verified with testing
  • Labeling would effectively differentiate products and be visible for consumers

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