Consumer Reports examines Energy Star rating

In an article on, posted on September 29, 2008, Consumer Reports blasted the US Department of Energy “Energy Star” rating system, saying

“A number of test procedures are out of date or problematic,” says David B. Goldstein, codirector of the energy program at the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “Part of the reason is that the DOE doesn’t have the staff they need to do very much on test procedures. There’s also willpower. They don’t want to do it.”

What’s more, it usually takes the DOE three years to publish new rules—a period that includes comments from manufacturers, organizations such as Consumers Union, and others—and another three years for the updated minimum efficiency requirements to take effect. Comment cycles at other federal agencies are much shorter.

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