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.
The roadmapping process began with a session at the 2015 ENERGY STAR Product Partner Meeting. It’s now been expanded to include a series of interactive webinars, focused on gathering input from stakeholders on topics ranging from “connected” appliances to efficient product use messaging. The appliances covered in this activity are refrigerators, clothes washers, dryers, dishwashers and room air conditioners.
The EPA expects to conclude the effort with an in-person meeting this summer. A final report will be presented at the 2016 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting.
To register for upcoming webinars and for information on the overall program, visit the ENERGY STAR Appliance Roadmapping Workshop webpage. For a copy of the October 2015 presentation, click here. For a copy of the February 4th connected appliances presentation, click here.