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ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Rating

energy star most efficientWe're all familiar with Energy Star at this point.  Anytime you go to the store to buy an appliance or electronic, you see plenty of products boasting their Energy Star certification.  

A few months ago, Energy Star developed criteria for "highly efficient products" to be labeled Energy Star Most Efficient.  The Most Efficient label will apply to Energy Star washing machines, heating equipment, cooling equipment, televisions, and refrigerators. This is a pilot program operating until the end of 2011.  There is a possibility that the EPA will add more categories of appliances by the end of the year.  

EPA's guidelines say the products to hold the Most Efficient label "must demonstrate efficiency performance that is truly exceptional, inspirational or leading-edge - consistent with the interests of environmentally motivated consumers and early adopters."

Only 5% of Energy Star products will be labeled as Most Efficient.   Brands include: Insignia from Best Buy, Electrolux, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Kenmore from Sears, and more.  

While many feel like current Energy Star certification isn't terribly meaningful, hopefully this new label will help consumers find truly energy efficient products.  

Check out the Energy Star website on the Most Efficient certification to read about their criteria and stakeholder comments.