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'Most efficient' products get EPA/DOE recognition

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the first products recognized as "most efficient," as part of a new program launched in May under the Energy Star initiative.

"This new designation will help Americans save money and cut pollution by quickly pointing them to the best Energy Star products have to offer. Highlighting Energy Star's most rfficient products is a great way to encourage the strides in innovation that bring even more energy and money saving choices to our stores," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "We know American consumers are eager to make purchases that save them money on their utility bills and reduce the pollution in the air we breathe, and these labels will help them identify the best ways to find those purchases."

According to the EPA and DOE, products designated as most efficient demonstrate exceptional and cutting-edge efficiency performance that environmentally-minded consumers and early adopters value. The most efficient recognition will represent approximately the top 5% of models on the market in the following categories: clothes washers, heating and cooling equipment, televisions, and refrigerator-freezers. 

Examples of most efficient front-load washers include:

  • Frigidaire FAFS4474, MSRP $1,149

  • Kenmore 4154#21#, MSRP $1199.99/$1299.99

  • LG WM3550H MSRP $1,259 /$1,359

Examples of most efficient LCD display televisions include:

  • Insignia NS-15E720A12, MSRP $129 

  • Samsung UN32D4000ND, MSRP $649

  • Panasonic TC-L37E3, MSRP $799

Click here for the full list of current most-efficient designated products.