Energy- and Water-Efficient Product Efficiency Programs

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The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established four programs that specify products as energy- or water-efficient.

Learn about product categories that have been suspended or sunsetted by FEMP and ENERGY STAR.

ENERGY STAR

The ENERGY STAR program is a voluntary product-labeling initiative that identifies and promotes energy efficiency and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This joint U.S. Department of Energy and EPA program helps buyers save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. Although ENERGY STAR focuses on the consumer market, some specifications, such as housing, break rooms, and locker rooms, may be applicable to federal applications.

FEMP Designated

Products that meet FEMP designated efficiency requirements are in the upper 25% of their class in energy efficiency. FEMP sets efficiency levels for product categories that have the potential to generate significant federal energy savings. Learn how FEMP designates efficiency levels for product categories.

FEMP does not purchase, recognize, endorse, or otherwise identify specific energy-efficient products for federal procurement. Rather, it identifies energy-efficiency requirements for categories of products.

FEMP Low Standby Power

Standby power is the electricity consumed by a product when it is switched off or not performing its primary purpose. Federal agencies are required to purchase products with a low standby power level of 1 watt or less.

See the Low Standby Power Product List, which includes products that are ENERGY STAR qualified and registered by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, also known as EPEAT.

WaterSense

EPA's WaterSense program focuses on labeling water-efficient products in homes and offices. Although WaterSense focuses on the consumer market, some specifications, such as housing, break rooms, and locker rooms, may be applicable to federal applications.

Find energy- and water-efficient product categories covered by these four efficiency programs.

Suspended and Sunsetted Product Categories

FEMP and ENERGY STAR suspend or sunset product category specifications that are superseded by federal statute. When a product category is suspended or sunsetted, the ENERGY STAR label is no longer available and manufacturers are required to cease using the ENERGY STAR name and mark in association with all products manufactured on or after the date the specification changed.

FEMP includes suspended product categories in its list of energy- and water-efficient product categories.