Mr. Green's Blog

U.S. EPA Releases Most Efficient Product Criteria Specs for 2018

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 11:44 -- MrGreen

The proposed eligibility requirements for the ENERGY STAR® 2018 Most Efficient program are now available for review.

The program, now in its 7th year, promotes the most efficient products in fourteen specific product categories. The 2018 program continues the focus on the current twelve product categories and adds a new one (dehumidifiers). It also re-introduces televisions, temporarily removed in 20171.

California Offers Help in Understanding Title 20 Efficiency Regulations

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:51 -- MrGreen

Having problems understanding the ins and outs of California’s Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Regulations? Help is on the way. The California Energy Commission (CEC) has just announced a live, interactive webinar covering the fundamentals of the state’s appliance efficiency standards program.

New Report - Global Adoption of Energy Efficient Lighting

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:09 -- MrGreen

The United for Efficiency (U4E) organization recently published a new report entitled "Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-Efficient Lighting." The report provides guidelines to countries on how to promote energy-efficient lighting in their respective national markets. The report maintains that following the guidelines will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, generate significant economic benefits, and enhance energy security.

Australia Looks at Upgrading Lighting Efficiency

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 11:38 -- MrGreen

Through its Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program, Australia's goal is to deliver a single, integrated program on energy efficiency standards and labelling. The E3 Program recently released a Lighting Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) considering policy proposals to improve the efficiency of residential and commercial lighting.

Products addressed in the lighting RIS are:


Tue, 02/21/2017 - 00:00 -- MrGreen

Late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the first draft of a proposed revision to the current ENERGY STAR product specification for lamps (light bulbs). The EPA hopes to continue the market transformation of efficient lighting by incorporating spec changes that allow expanded product selection and increased production flexibility.

Key changes proposed for the new version include:

California Revises LED Quality Spec Requirements

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:55 -- MrGreen

LED lamp manufacturers now have to meet new efficacy and performance requirements to qualify for California based rebates.

In December, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved version 3 of its LED lamp quality specifications. Started in 2012, the Voluntary California Quality LED Lamp Specification program sets minimum requirements that lamps must meet in order to be eligible for state-funded investor owned utility (IOU) rebate programs. The revised requirements became effective January 1, 2017.

Efficiency Harmonization Continues Between Canada and the U.S.

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 09:17 -- MrGreen

Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations now include an amendment updating the efficiency standards of 20 current product categories. Amendment 13, published in late December 2016, becomes effective on June 28th of this year.

Canada's first Energy Efficiency Regulations came into effect in 1995. To stay current with the market, the regulations are amended periodically. Amendment 13 harmonizes current Canadian efficiency standards with existing or recently published U.S. efficiency standards for a number of residential, commercial/industrial, and lighting products.