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Energy Star or Energy Scam?

The Energy Star program was developed by the US government to certify products that use energy aka electricity to reduce energy usage in homes, businesses and government offices.

From monitors, printers, refrigerators, washers, dryers, and just about every other item that plugs into a wall socket. The theory is that ‘certification’ can help us all make choices to not only improve our lives with smaller electric bills, but to also reduce energy consumption. Some products are even available for tax deductions. Great Idea. A win for consumers and the planet.

Not So Fast.

The Congressional Accountability Office submitted over a dozen bogus products and got them ‘certified’ in an operation lasting 9 months. Like a gasoline powered alarm clock, or heat pumps that only existed on paper.

It’s not like we don’t have enough confusion in selecting and using products that are supposed to be saving us money, or are renewable or in some other reduce our impact on the world in which we live.

Here are a couple of sources for more information:

Daily Tech: Updated: GAO Discovers EnergyStar Program is Incredibly Flawed
NewYork Times: Audit Finds Vulnerability of EnergyStar Program

Here is the Congressional Report [PDF]