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EPA, DOE Announce New Steps to Strengthen ENERGY STAR

The EPA and DOE have launched a two-step process to expand testing of ENERGY STAR qualified products:

  • DOE began tests this week on six of the most common product types: freezers, refrigerator-freezers, clothes washers, dishwashers, water heaters and room air conditioners. These product types account for at least 25% of a typical homeowner's energy bill. DOE will test approximately 200 basic models at third-party, independent test laboratories over the next few months.
  • The EPA and DOE are also developing an expanded system that will require all products seeking the ENERGY STAR label to be tested in approved labs and require manufacturers to participate in an ongoing verification testing program that will ensure continued compliance. 3/20 Comtex