According to the most recently available data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), total annual demand for electricity in the United States is expected to grow to 4.93 trillion kilowatt hours by 2040, a 28% increase over demand levels in 2011.
To help slow the pace of energy demand, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) jointly developed and operate the ENERGY STAR labeling program to promote the use of energy-efficient products, and to reduce overall energy consumption.
About UL White Papers
This UL white paper provides an overview of the requirements for manufacturers seeking ENERGY STAR qualification for their products. The paper begins with a discussion of the trends in energy usage and the importance of energy-efficient products in managing future energy demand. The paper then describes the ENERGY STAR program and details the product qualification process. The white paper offers a summary list of recent and forthcoming changes in product specifications and concludes with some considerations for the selection of an ENERGY STAR certification body.