Energy Star Standards Outdated?

New Findings from Consumer Reports ( indicate that Energy Star standards are not as helpful as they could be to consumers when shopping for energy efficient appliances. The report says that 75 percent of appliances actually qualify for Energy Star, which makes selecting the absolute best appliance quite the task.

It seems as though the 18-year-old Energy Star program is due for an upgrade. Although the program itself was upgraded in the last year, the standards saw few changes.

The good news is that consumers are at least attempting to purchase Energy Star appliances. Of the 1,500 surveyed, about 44 percent have purchased new Energy Star appliances.

It’s clear that consumers are willing to change. Will Energy Star implement more rigorous standards and make the process more consumer friendly?