The U.S. EPA
and U.S. DOE
have announced the first products recognized as the most energy-efficient in their categories among those that have earned the Energy Star label. The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2011 designation identifies products in several categories as being on the leading edge of energy efficiency.
Aimed at providing manufacturers with an incentive for greater product energy efficiency, the designation also provides consumers with new information about the products that make up the top tier in their categories.
"Highlighting Energy Star's Most Efficient products is a great way to encourage the strides in innovation that bring even more energy and money saving choices to our stores
," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "We know American consumers are eager to make purchases that save them money on their utility bills and reduce the pollution in the air we breathe, and these labels will help them identify the best ways to find those purchases.
The "Most Efficient" label will recognize approximately the top five percent of models on the market in the following categories: clothes washers, heating and cooling equipment, televisions, and refrigerator-freezers. Held to a higher standard, refrigerator/freezers are required be about 30 percent more efficient than standard models and the TV requirements call for 80 percent more efficiency than common products on the market, the EPA said.
Among the first to be recognized as Most Efficient are Electrolux Major Appliances, Sears' Kenmore, LG, Samsung, Best Buy's Insignia Brand, Panasonic, Nordyne, and Rheem. Later this year, EPA will initiate a process to consider additional product categories for potential inclusion in 2012.
To see the specific makes and models that were awarded the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Designation 2011, visit www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=most_efficient.me_index