I’ve heard rumors that energy star products go unregulated so they aren’t actually any better than some of the other non-energy star products.
There are indeed problems with many Energy Star-labelled products that the EPA and DoE recently decided to investigate. Comsumer Reports found that a number of Energy Star fridges failed to meet regulations; they had been tested with their ice machines off. And while only a quarter of products are meant to qualify for Energy Star, half of dishwashers, 67 % of oil-fired burners, and 60% of dehumidifiers are able to have the label.
Hopefully, the EPA and DoE’s new labeling process will bring some significance back to Energy Star and that the label will evolve to keep up with improving technology.
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