Nonprofit Offers Green Products Advice

First there was the Energy Star guide to greener electronics. Then there was the Greenpeace guide to responsible manufacturers. Now there’s yet another helpful tool for determining the greenest appliances on the market, TopTen USA’s web-based rankings of the 10 most energy-efficient products in the following categories: refrigerators, freezers, televisions, computers, vehicles, dishwashers, clothes washers, and monitors.

According to Top Ten USA, a newly incarnated nonprofit organization, the website offers unbiased, independent rankings on the ten most energy-efficient products in each of these categories, offering “a valuable new addition to the information supplied by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program.” Products on the site are evaluated primarily on energy efficiency but, depending on the type of product, may also take into account additional environmental, health and safety concerns.

Top Ten USA

image via Top Ten USA

TopTen USA is a member of the TopTen International Group, a global alliance of TopTen organizations dedicated to efficiency in electronics and appliances; since receiving nonprofit status, the organization has received the endorsement of some big players in environmental protection, such as World Wildlife Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.


  • Reply November 19, 2010

    Energy Forward

    Thanks for posting this! Top Ten USA is a great campaign.

    Another campaign that tis supported by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is Energy Forward. In the Pacific Northwest the campaign is working with utilities and retailers to promote super energy efficient products — the Energy Forward label now indicates products that are 30% more efficient than Energy Star requirements. Learn more:

  • Reply November 23, 2010


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