Have you seen this label yet?
This year the Environmental Protection Agency is rolling out a new classification of Energy Star called “Most Efficient”. Energy Star is a collaborative program between the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy. The program has been criticized because it operates on good-faith with manufacturers. Essentially the manufacturers perform all of the testing to qualify a product as energy star and then submit the test to the rating agency for approval. No independent testing required.
The new classification of “Most Efficient”, will change all of that. Phase 1 of the new testing process will require products to be tested for compliance by an EPA approved third party agency. The second phase has a verification testing requirement, which ensures that Energy Star compliant products remain energy efficient.
The categories that this new rating will apply to are clothes washers, heating and cooling equipment, televisions, and refrigerator-freezers.
The EPA plans to include more categories in 2012.
One thing I would personally like to see is the logo on the actual products or boxes. As it stands now the logo will only appear on the web or store signage.