Energy Star Appliance Ratings
ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.
For Products: In order to earn the label, ENERGY STAR products must be third-party certified based on testing in EPA-recognized laboratories.
In addition to up-front testing, a percentage of all ENERGY STAR products are subject to "off-the-shelf" verification testing each year. The goal of this testing is to ensure that changes or variations in the manufacturing process do not undermine a product's qualification with ENERGY STAR requirements. For more information about Energy Star
Earning the ENERGY STAR means a product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy.
There are several reasons why changes are made to any appliance and the government requirements are constantly changing. Some appliances no longer meet new requirements even though they had met them once before. GE models that carry the ENERGY STAR Rating
Starting in 2015, "ENERGY STAR Most Efficient" is a new distinction that recognizes products that deliver cutting edge energy efficiency along with the latest in technological innovation. For more information about the Most Efficient distinction.