Brand Energy Star Gets Protection

Good news for people interested in protecting the integrity of the Energy Star brand. According to this post ( by USA Today reporter Wendy Koch, the federal government is tightening up its processes before granting the Energy Star seal. Companies seeking Energy Star approval will now have to submit complete lab reports and results about their products to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Previously EPA relied on an honor system. That approach imploded when Congressional auditors succeeded at winning  Energy Star approval for some questionable products (

Score one for the future of Energy Star. It's good to see the federal government move quickly to close this particular loophole.