There's good and then, of course, there's better and best. And a new Energy Star program tries to bring home that point, touting select Energy Star products as "Most Efficient." A Consumer Reports article explains that qualified products "must demonstrate efficiency performance that is truly exceptional, inspirational or leading edge," according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which jointly administers the Energy Star program with the U.S. Department of Energy.
The program covers everything from washers and dryers to refrigerators, TVs, air-source heat pumps, HVAC and geothermal heat pumps.
The EPA's goal is to drive more energy-efficient products into the market faster, and after the pilot program ends Dec. 31, the agency will take a close look at the results and decide whether to make it permanent.