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