Here at the GolfHr Research Institute
, we've always stood behind the program as a guide to buying highly energy efficient appliances. So we were very distressed to read in , that the program is subject to fraud and that when auditors submitted products that don't even exist they were certified by an automatic system. To try to maintain confidence in the program, this month the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) outlined an expanded testing program on freezers, refrigerator-freezers, clothes washers, dishwashers, water heaters and room air conditioners--products which account for about 25% of your energy bill and they recommitted to ensuring compliance with both Energy Star and the DOE's appliance efficiency standards. Let's hope that the government continues to take a good hard look at how it can insure the integrity of the label. For now, we still recommend that you consider purchasing products with the label. Reported inaccuracies are small in relationship to the number of products certified.
When we evaluate electrical appliances in the Research Institute we monitor energy usage. Going forward we'll report our findings to give you information you can trust to help you conserve energy and cut down your household expenses.