Energy Star Products in Question?

April 25, 2010

For a long time Energy Star products were thought to be a rigorous international standard to look for in these well recognized blue label consumer products.

We now find out through a new GAO study that fake products, faulty products and self-certified products have been given this label.

The GAO is the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which is known as “the investigative arm of Congress” and “the congressional watchdog.”

Manufacturers have been trying to blow the whistle on the lax qualifying standards and out-of-date testing procedures for awhile.  Therefore, this new finding really questions whether the Energy Star label really represents the most efficient products, as a recent article in Builder magazine shows.

The EPA released a statement following the GAO report, stating that it uses a series of checks to ensure Energy Star-labeled products save energy and reduce emissions.

“We welcome all efforts, internal or external, to improve the program, and this report raises important issues,” the statement said. “That’s why we have started an enhanced testing program and have already taken enforcement actions against companies that have violated the rules.”

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Pat Coveny is the president of Arch Construction Management, Inc. Arch Construction Management, Inc. is a full service general contractor and "true" custom homebuilder located in Hinsdale, IL. Patrick established the firm in 1992 after working for another luxury homebuilder for six years. His firm has made significant contributions to the local homebuilders market from the low-end condo market to the high-end residential market. His 20+ years experience in the construction market and an MBA from DePaul University gives him superior knowledge of the business.

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