U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officials recently toured the Intertek testing laboratory in Cortland, N.Y. — one of the sites where the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) tests products to ensure that consumers are getting the savings promised by its federal Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.
Intertek, which does product testing for both the public and private sector, supports DOE's efforts to develop testing methods for standards set by EERE. It also performs verification testing to the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program. Through enforcement testing of products, subjected to minimum efficiency levels, DOE ensures a level playing field for all manufacturers, including importers to the United States. It also keeps the industry honest while protecting the consumer from non-compliant products through vigorous market surveillance.
“The appliance standards program works when everyone is doing their part to meet the required levels. That’s how the consumer is going to realize the savings that the federal standards are designed to achieve.”
— EERE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan
The standards program sets, tests and enforces minimum efficiency levels on more than 60 U.S. products that are mandated by Congress and benefit American households. Total savings for Americans are currently estimated at more than $65 billion annually.
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