Ever wonder exactly what that ‘Energy Star Compliant’ rating sticker on your new appliance indicates. Apparently not much.
The Energy Star program is run by the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of the program is to identify and rate energy-efficient products. The Energy Star Compliant label aides consumers in their search for energy-efficient products. Consumers are offered incentives, such as federal tax credits and rebates, for purchasing and installing Energy Star Compliant products.
A report released Friday said government investigators tried to pass off 20 fake products, including a gas-powered alarm clock, as energy-efficient, and only two were rejected. Three others didn’t get a response.
Gee, I wonder what the ‘tax write off’ is on the ‘Energy Star Compliant’, 1 and 1/2 foot high by 15 inches wide, gasoline powered alarm clock that they approved? I imagine it would be somewhat less than an Energy Star Compliant coal-fired water heater and possibly a little more than an Energy Star Compliant diesel fuel injected coffee pot.
GAO stated that Energy Star does not verify claims made by manufacturers. That would possibly explain their certification of an air room cleaner that was actually a space heater with a feather duster and fly strips attached to a computer monitor that won approval within 30 minutes of submission.
While GAO investigators have said the program is subject to fraud and abuse, agencies have said that consumers can have confidence in the Energy Star label. “In fact, a review last year found that 98 percent of the products tested met or exceeded the Energy Star requirements and saved Americans $17 billion on their energy bills.”
Hmm, $17 billion, maybe its time I perfected that jet fuel powered, solar battery, wind activated, degenerative braking, electric weed whacker? I wonder what the tax write off would be on that totally inefficient machine.
Speaking of inefficient, who are those marvelous engineers at Energy Star? Maybe these cat yodeling guys can help out. They seem to have way too much time on their hands 🙂