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Energy Efficiency

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiencyLearn more about ENERGY STAR.

What is Energy Star Certification ?

The ENERGY STAR initiative is a voluntary testing and labelling program jointly operated by the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy. ENERGY STAR encourages manufacturers of a wide range of technologies and electrical appliances to take energy efficiency into account when designing their products.

An independent ENERGY STAR testing lab can certify your product as energy efficient in line with the initiative.

The Appliance and Equipment Standards Program supports the voluntary ENERGY STAR program by working with the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure products that display the label meet Energy Star specifications.


Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) are required for product categories that require mandatory labelling include:


  • Ballasts

  • Freezers    

  • Water heaters

  • Heaters

  • Fluorescent lamps

  • Room air conditioners

  • Clothes washers

  • Refrigerators, etc. 


Full list of product that are in scope of energy efficiency regulations can be find here.


Before distributing any basic model of a covered product or equipment subject to an applicable energy conservation standard, manufacturers must submit a certification report to the DOE conforming that each basic model meets the applicable energy conservation standard(s).


Mandatory Energy Guide labelling is required for certain products. The DOE's test results must be printed on yellow EnergyGuide label, which manufacturers are required to display on many appliances. Manufacturers of major home appliances are required to attach the labels to their products under the FTC’s Appliance Labeling Rule. The labels show the highest and lowest energy consumption or efficiency estimates of similar appliance models. The Rule also requires energy disclosures for certain lighting products and water use labeling for certain plumbing products.


The Energy Star Program is a similar labeling program, but it requires more stringent efficiency standards for an appliance to become qualified.However, it is a voluntary program. The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are lead agencies in the development and revision of all test procedures for products in the “ENERGY STAR Program”, including those products that are also subject to DOE's Energy Conservation Standards program. 

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