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ENERGY STAR Finalizes Version 5 of Set-top Box Spec

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:22 -- MrGreen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published Version 5.0 of its ENERGY STAR set-top box specification. Requirements will take effect on January 1, 2017. Set-top boxes (STBs) are devices designed for the purpose of receiving television and related services from terrestrial, cable, satellite, broadband, or local networks.

Connected Thermostat Efficiency Program Heats Up

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 16:26 -- MrGreen

In 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency embarked on a new approach for ENERGY STAR recognition of smart thermostats, focusing on "demonstrated" consumer home energy savings. The agency is now working with stakeholders on the second draft of a new specification for a new product group called "Connected Thermostats" (CT).

Will TV Efficiency Specification Expand to Include HTDs?

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 10:15 -- MrGreen

Sometimes device evolution and new technology can blur traditional product definitions. This can make it challenging for agencies when deciding which devices to include in product-specific energy efficiency regulations.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is facing this issue with the convergence of traditional televisions and new displays designed more for viewing dynamic visual content than computer generated spreadsheets or word documents.

EPA Rolls Out First Draft of EV Charger Efficiency Specification

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 16:23 -- MrGreen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving ahead with the first program that drives towards improving energy efficiency in Level 1 and Level 2 Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE)1. As discussed in a 2015 Mr. Green blog, the EPA has identified a non-charging-state energy savings opportunity of up to 265 kWh per charger over 5 years since a majority of home chargers are in standby mode most of the day.

The first draft specification identifies distinct EVSE functions:

EPA Embarks on Appliance Roadmapping Journey

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 17:46 -- MrGreen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reaching out to industry stakeholders to better understand features that could be integrated into future home appliances over the next five years. The agency’s goal is to maintain an ENERGY STAR appliance program that continues to deliver on consumer expectations for efficiency and performance.

California Energy Commission Approves LED Lamp Standard

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:51 -- MrGreen

Last year, I wrote about the California Energy Commission's (CEC) proposed lamp (bulb) standard, projected to save residents and businesses more than $4 billion in energy costs over 13 years (see Mr. Green blog: California Energy Commission Illuminates Lamp Standard Proposal). Last week, the Commissioners voted to approve that standard, making it the U.S.'s first mandatory state lamp efficiency/quality regulations.

EPA Publishes New ENERGY STAR Display Specification

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 11:53 -- MrGreen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its ENERGY STAR® version 7 Display program requirements, establishing new efficiency performance levels for computer monitors and signage displays. According to the EPA, version 7 requirements will result in savings of over $130M annually while reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 225K automobiles.