Say goodbye to gas-powered alarm clocks and similar unlikely gadgets. After some embarrassing revelations that almost anything could get an Energy Star rating, the DoE has tightened its criteria for awarding the Energy Star seal. Now, manufacturers must submit complete lab reports and results for review and approval by EPA prior to labeling.
The old Energy Star qualification approval process was basically run on the honor system. But now, all new qualification applications will be reviewed and approved individually by EPA. Additionally, a company applying to be program partners will not be able to access the Energy Star certification mark until EPA has approved a specific Energy Star-qualified product submitted by the company.
EPA and DOE will also require (effective at the end of the year) that all manufacturers submit test results from approved, accredited labs for any products seeking the Energy Star label. Testing in an accredited lab is currently required for certain product categories, including windows, doors, skylights, and compact fluorescent lighting. The new process will extend the requirement to each of the more than 60 eligible product categories under the Energy Star program. More details can be found at www.energystar.gov.