The Energy Star energy efficiency program, which recently came under fire because of bad flaws with how ratings are handed out, will be getting some more changes effectively immediately. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy plan to strengthen its design ” to ensure that only products meeting the program requirements can receive an Energy Star label.”
The two federal agencies said that starting now companies wanting the Energy Star labeling will need to “submit complete lab reports and results for review and approval by EPA prior to labeling”, getting rid of an automated approval process that apparently existed previously. Each application for Energy Star labeling will be reviewed by the EPA individually and, starting at the end of the year, all manufacturers must submit test results from an approved, accredited lab as well. This testing, already done in a few categories of products, will now cover the more than 60 eligible product categories under the Energy Star program.
Consumers trust the Energy Star brand to save them money and reduce carbon pollution,” said Cathy Zoi, DOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, in a statement. “The steps we are taking to strengthen the program will ensure that Energy Star continues to be the hallmark for energy efficiency in the years to come.”