ENERGY STAR news

The latest news on ENERGY STAR® for Products, ENERGY STAR for Homes, ENERGY STAR for Buildings and ENERGY STAR for Industry. Keeping you in the loop with all things energy-efficient.

Tip of the week

Fall is near! Open up your windows to let the breeze in. Natural airflow leaves you refreshed and ventilates your room without using energy.

Updates to the Guidelines for the labelling and promotion of ENERGY STAR certified fenestration products

September 1, 2019

The ENERGY STAR technical specification for windows, doors and skylights–Version 5.0 will take effect on January 1, 2020. This specification determines how windows, doors and skylights are certified and labelled for the ENERGY STAR program in Canada.

Wondering how this will affect the way you currently label your ENERGY STAR certified products?

The 2020 Guidelines for the labelling of ENERGY STAR certified windows, doors and skylights sold in Canada [PDF version – 761KB] , now available on our website, provide detailed information on how to label and promote ENERGY STAR certified windows, doors and skylights in Canada.

Any questions regarding proper labelling or use of the trademarks should be submitted to fenestration@nrcan.gc.ca

Updates to ENERGY STAR technical specifications

See the updates to ENERGY STAR technical specifications in Canada and the U.S. or view technical specifications currently in effect.

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020: Proposed product categories and recognition criteria

August 7, 2019

For 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to continue to highlight all 14 of the product categories currently eligible for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient recognition, and introduce room air conditioners to the portfolio for a total of 15 categories.

A stakeholder webinar will be held on August 7, 2019 from 2 to 4 pm EST to discuss the proposed recognition criteria. To participate in this webinar, please register here by August 6th. Please share written comments no later than August 22, 2019 with MostEfficient@energystar.gov. It is expected that recognition requirements will be finalized in August.

For more information, contact MostEfficient@energystar.gov or in Canada, e-mail ENERGY STAR Canada.

See full details on the proposed efficiency criteria development, proposed product categories and critical dates.

Earth Day

May 30, 2019

Earth Day is fast approaching and we need your passion to keep the Earth healthy. We know you are very educated on how to save energy and other ways to protect our planet, but your parents may not know as much about it as you do. This year, celebrate Earth Day by teaching your parents how to save energy at home. Follow these tips to help your parents become just like you "STARS" for the environment.

Consumer caution!

May 21, 2019

The Government of Canada does not provide rebates

The Government of Canada does not provide rebates or incentives for energy products. If you see a website purporting to represent the Government of Canada and promising rebates, please contact the appropriate provincial or federal consumer protection authorities. Please let us know if they claim to represent ENERGY STAR Canada. Natural Resources Canada does have a searchable database to locate regional energy product rebates across the country.

Deceptive sales tactics

Be aware of deceptive sales tactics that claim to have Natural Resources Canada backing. See more details.

Congratulations to the winner’s of the 2019 ENERGY STAR Canada Participant Awards!

May 16, 2019

The seventeen winners are program participants from across Canada representing utilities, manufacturers, retailers, associations, and homebuilders. A big thank you not only to the winners and the applicants, but to all of our 1,500+ participants who work on a daily basis to help Canadians save energy, save money and save our environment.

Gagnants des Prix ENERGY STAR Canada avec Ministre Jim Carr

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Our new blog: Spotlight on energy efficiency

For the latest news and tips on energy efficiency for your home, business, and community, check out the Office of Energy Efficiency’s new blog: Spotlight on energy efficiency.

Updates to ENERGY STAR technical specifications in Canada and the U.S.

Appliances—New products, Dishwashers, Room air cleaners (purifiers)

Data centres—Computer servers

Heating, cooling and ventilating equipment—Dehumidifiers

Lighting—Luminaires/light fixtures

Office equipment—Computers, Imaging equipment, Displays (monitors)

Other products—Smart home energy management, Electric vehicle supply equipment

Appliances – New products

August 1, 2019

(New) ENERGY STAR product categories for Appliances
Specification development efforts are planned in 2019 for the following new appliance products listed below:

  • Microwaves: In Q4 2019, a new product specification for microwave ovens is expected to be launched.
  • Miscellaneous refrigeration products: In Q3 2019, a new product specification for miscellaneous refrigeration products is anticipated to start. 
  • Portable air conditioners: In Q3 2019, a new product specification process for portable air conditioners is planned. 

If you are interested in receiving communications related to any of these products, please fill in this form or send an email to appliances@energystar.gov with your name and indicate which of the products are of interest.

Appliances – Dishwashers

August 1, 2019

(Update) Dishwashers 
An update to the technical specification for dishwashers is planned for later in 2019. If you are not already a dishwasher contact for your organization and would like to receive communications related to dishwashers, please update your contact information in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s MESA.

Data centers – Computer servers

September 11, 2019

(Update) Computers servers–Version 3.0
An update has been made to the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) Server Efficiency Rating Tool (SERT). For the purposes of ENERGY STAR certification, computer servers should be tested using SERT Version 2.0.2. Test results already submitted through the certification process using a previously EPA-accepted version of SERT are not affected by this update.

More information can be found at the computers servers product development web page.

Appliances – Room air cleaners (air purifiers)

October 28, 2019

(Final) Room Air Cleaners–Version 2.0
The ENERGY STAR Version 2.0 room air cleaners specification has been finalized and will take effect July 17, 2020. Room air cleaner products certifying for ENERGY STAR under the Version 2.0 specification will offer consumers a savings of more than 27% over conventional models. This specification establishes new requirements to recognize the most efficient products, requires reporting of key metrics for consumers, and has optional criteria for connected functionality in room air cleaners.

The use of ENERGY STAR disclaimer label for this product has changed. A webinar will be held Tuesday, October 29th from 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM to discuss the room air cleaner labeling requirements. Please register here to attend.

Black and white image of the ENERGY STAR certification symbol
 

Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify products to Version 2.0 requirements. As of February 28, 2020, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 1.2. Any room air cleaner manufactured as of July 17, 2020, must meet Version 2.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. For more information, visit the room air cleaners product development webpage.

September 20, 2019

(Final) Room air cleaners–Version 2.0

The final draft technical specification for room air cleaners Version 2.0 has been released for stakeholder comment. The proposed effective date for this specification is July 17, 2020. Stakeholders may submit comments to roomaircleaners@energystar.gov by September 26, 2019. All comments will be posted to the room air cleaners product development webpage unless the otherwise requested.

For more information, visit the room air cleaners product development webpage.

July 9, 2019

(In development) Room air cleaners—Version 2.0
Connected functionality is being considered as an optional criteria to the technical specification for room air cleaners.

In response to stakeholder comments on Draft 1 Version 2.0 room air cleaner specification, and prior to releasing Draft 2, a limited topic proposal has been released to provide an opportunity to comment specifically on a proposal to include optional connected criteria.

Stakeholders are encouraged to share feedback on the relevance of these features, as well as thoughts on how air cleaners can support smart energy management services. Stakeholder feedback is also sought to determine the prevalence of Wi-Fi in current products and whether functions such as filter alerts and product management are being offered through a manufacturer’s app.

Proposed additions to the Version 2.0 specification can be reviewed here: Proposed Optional Connected Criteria. Stakeholders are asked to submit comments or concerns to roomaircleaners@energystar.gov by no later than July 15, 2019.

For more information on the specification development of this product, visit the room air cleaners’ product development page

Heating, cooling and ventilating equipment – Dehumidifiers

October 28, 2019

(Reminder) Dehumidifiers–Version 5.0
The effective date for the Version 5.0 ENERGY STAR technical specification for dehumidifiers is October 31, 2019. On this date, only products certified to Version 5.0 and submitted by EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) using the Version 5.0 web service will appear on the list of certified models. For more information, visit the dehumidifiers product development web page.

June 3, 2019

(Reminder) Dehumidifiers–Version 5.0
Version 5.0 of the ENERGY STAR technical specification for dehumidifiers takes effect on October 31, 2019.

As of June 3, 2019, CBs are required to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 4.0. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing dehumidifier certifications to the Version 4.0 specification until October 31,  2019. Products manufactured as of October 31, 2019, must be certified to Version 5.0. For more information, visit the dehumidifiers’ product development page.

Lighting – Luminaires/light fixtures

August 1, 2019

(In development) Luminaires–Version 2.2 
The ENERGY STAR technical specification for luminaires is under review. Minor adjustments are proposed to support new market developments and provide clarification on two requirements. Current certifications will not be affected. 

Stakeholder feedback is requested by no later than August 5, 2019 to lighting@energystar.gov. Please indicate “ENERGY STAR Luminaires V2.2 Draft Specification Comments” in the email subject line. Comments received will be posted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR website unless otherwise requested.

Office equipment – Computers

October 28, 2019

(Final) Computers–Version 8.0
Version 8.0 of the ENERGY STAR computer specification  has been finalized and will take effect July 15, 2020.  The Version 8.0 specification will recognize the top performing desktop computer and integrated desktop products on the market. Notebooks and thin clients were not impacted by this specification revision as criteria for these products were amended as part of Version 7.1. ENERGY STAR certified computers will use, on average, approximately 50% less energy than standard desktop computers. Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify eligible products to the Version 8.0 requirements. After March 2, 2020, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 7.1. Any computer manufactured as of July 15, 2020, must meet Version 8.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark.

More information can be found at the computers product development website.

September 20, 2019

(Final) Computers–Version 8.0
The final draft technical specification and final draft test method for computers have been released for stakeholder comment. The proposed effective date for this specification is July 15, 2020. Stakeholders may submit comments to computers@energystar.gov by September 24, 2019. All comments will be posted to the computers product development website unless otherwise requested.

More information can be found at the computers product development website.

July 22, 2019

(In development) Computers–Version 8.0
The ENERGY STAR technical specification is under review. Draft 2 of the technical specification, test method and data analysis package have been released for review. 

A stakeholder webinar will be held on July 25, 2019 from 1-3pm EST. Please register here if you plan on attending. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to computers@energystar.gov by August 16, 2019. All comments will be posted to the computers product development website. For more information, visit the computers product development web page

June 21, 2019

(Reminder) Computer (enterprise) servers–Version 3.0
The Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR specification for computer servers took effect on June 17, 2019. Only products certified to Version 3.0 will be displayed on the list of certified models. For more information, visit the computer servers’ product development web page.

May 30, 2019

(In development) Computers–Version 8.0
The ENERGY STAR technical specification for computers is under development. A stakeholder meeting will take place on June 18, 2019 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm EST in advance of the release of a Draft 2 specification, in Washington, DC. An updated dataset can be found on the computers product development page. If you are planning to participate in-person, RSVP computers@energystar.gov or here if you are planning on participating remotely. A finalized agenda will be distributed prior to the meeting. For more information, visit the computers product development page

Office equipment – Imaging equipment

May 30, 2019

(Reminder) Imaging Equipment–Version 3.0
Version 3.0 requirements will take effect on October 11, 2019. Stakeholders are reminded that EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) are no longer able to certify new imaging equipment to the Version 2.0 specification and may only certify imaging equipment to the Version 3.0 specification. CBs may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing imaging equipment certifications to the Version 2.0 specification until October 10, 2019. After this date, only imaging equipment certified to the Version 3.0 specification will appear on the ENERGY STAR website and certified products list. For more information, visit the imaging equipment product development page.

Office equipment – Displays (monitors)

May 30, 2019

(Final) Displays–Version 8.0
The  ENERGY STAR Version 8.0 technical specification for displays has been finalized and will become effective on January 28, 2020. This specification establishes challenging overall efficiency levels for all products and includes new and updated allowances to recognize energy-efficient implementations of popular features such as High Dynamic Range, higher color gamut, wide viewing angles, and USB-C power delivery.

Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their CB certify eligible products to Version 8.0 requirements. As of September 16, 2019, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 7.1. For more information, visit the displays product development page.

Other – Smart home energy management

October 21, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be hosting a series of “office hours” to help you have a better understanding as to what SHEMS is and how it could impact your business or organization. The series will consist of four hour-long webinars. Each webinar will be comprised of three sections including general information; information targeted to specific stakeholders; and a question and answer session. 

To register for a session, please follow the hyperlink for the relevant session name. Please send additional questions and any requests for material to cover to SmartHomeSystems@energystar.gov.

September 11, 2019

(Final) Smart home energy management systems–Version 1.0
The ENERGY STAR program requirements for the Version 1.0 Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS) and Method to Determine Field Performance has been finalized. The specification is effective immediately and service providers may begin certifying products once they have the required field data and have signed an ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement.

The Version 1.0 specification establishes required energy-saving SHEMS features designed to deliver cost savings as well as user convenience. These features include reliable occupancy-based control of connected devices, user feedback and display of energy use data, limiting the standby power of required devices, and the inclusion of an ENERGY STAR certified connected thermostat. The specification requires periodic submission of statistical analysis of field data gathered from installations of the certified SHEMS package. This data will be used to affirm specification compliance, develop a performance metric, and assess energy savings potential in the coming years.

For more information on the specification, visit the smart home energy management systems product development web page. For information on next steps, see the cover letter.

August 1, 2019

(In development) Smart home energy management (SHEMS)–Version 1.0
The Final Draft of the Version 1.0 SHEMS technical specification and Partner Commitments and the Final Draft Method to Determine Field Performance have been released. It is anticipated that specification will be final by the end of August 2019.

Any final comments may be submitted to smarthomesystems@energystar.gov by August 12, 2019. All comments will be posted to the SHEMS product development web page, unless the submitter specifically requests otherwise. For more information, visit the SHEMS product development web page.

June 21, 2017

(In development) Smart home energy management systems (SHEMS)–Version 1.0
Draft 2 of the ENERGY STAR SHEMS Version 1.0 Specification, the ENERGY STAR SHEMS Partner Commitments and the Draft 2 Method to Determine Field Performance have been released. A stakeholder webinar will be held on June 24 from 1:00-3:00 pm (EST) to address any questions on the Draft 2 specification and method. Please register here if you plan on attending. Stakeholder feedback on the structure/ approaches proposed in Draft 2 is requested by no later than July 11, 2019. Please send comments via email to smarthomesystems@energystar.gov. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR product development website, unless the submitter specifically requests otherwise. For more information, visit the SHEMS product development web page

Other – Electric vehicle supply equipment (electric vehicle chargers)

September 20, 2019

(Final) Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)–V 1.1
The EVSE Version 1.1 final draft test method has been released for stakeholder comment. This draft addresses stakeholder feedback on the Draft 2 Test Method that was released in June 2019. Performance levels are not being proposed for DC EVSE at this time; however, data is being assembled to inform doing so. Using the data assembly form, manufacturers are invited to provide test data for current models according to the final draft test method for inclusion in the dataset. Once EVSE test data is available, it will be used to develop a proposal for energy efficiency requirements. Draft requirements for this expanded set of EVSE will be released for stakeholder review and comment in late November 2019. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit data by October 24, 2019. Please note that for data assembly purposes, data submitted is not required to undergo third party certification. Stakeholders may submit comments to evse@energystar.gov by September 26, 2019. All comments will be posted to the Version 1.1 EVSE specification development webpage unless otherwise requested.

More information can be found at the Version 1.1 EVSE specification development webpage.

June 21, 2019

(In development) Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)–Version 1.1
Stakeholder feedback is requested on the ENERGY STAR EVSE Version 1.1 Draft 2 Test Method. This draft includes proposals in response to stakeholder feedback on the Draft 1 Test Method that was released in November 2018. A webinar will be held June 25, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm (EST). Please register here to attend. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit written comments on the Draft 2 Test Method to evse@energystar.gov by July 8, 2019. For more information, visit the EVSE Version 1.1 product development web page


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