The EPA and DOE have announced a program to recognize the most energy-efficient products in each category of those that have earned the Energy Star label. The "Most Efficient" initiative provides consumers with the best efficiency information so they can make investments that will lower their energy bills and environmental impact. Manufacturers have a new incentive for greater product energy efficiency and to provide consumers with new information about the products in the top tier.
Products that receive the Most Efficient designation demonstrate exceptional and cutting-edge efficiency performance and will represent approximately the top five percent of models on the market in the following categories: clothes washers, heating and cooling equipment, televisions and refrigerator-freezers.
The following Energy Star partners' products are among the first to be recognized as Most Efficient: 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.
Consumers will be able to identify Most Efficient products on the Energy Star website and in stores by looking for the Most Efficient designation. In addition to meeting established performance requirements, products must also be Energy Star qualified and certified by an EPA-recognized certification body.
For more information: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=570