EPA Issues New Designation for “Most Efficient” Appliances

Environmental Law

 

This month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) introduced a new designation for top energy-efficient appliances. The moniker “Most Efficient” will be placed on the top performing appliances in seven categories, including clothes washers, central air conditioning units, refrigerator-freezers, and televisions. The “Most Efficient” label will be placed on those products already within the Energy Star program. The true objective of this program is to incentivize manufacturers to develop more energy efficient products and bring them to market. Although this program is currently in its pilot phase, it is obvious the potential impact it may have in driving energy efficiency standards higher, saving both the consumer and the environment. Currently 15 washers, 18 televisions, and 4 central air conditioners are already listed as Energy Star Most Efficient.

For more information on energy efficiency and federal energy standards, please contact Miriam Villani or Jason Kaplan.

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