25 Jul '11, 8pm

EPA Announces New Energy Star Requirements for Dishwashers and Furnaces:

New Energy Star requirements for dishwashers and furnaces will go into effect early next year, the EPA announced last week. Effective Jan. 20, 2012, Energy Star will require both standard-sized and compact residential dishwashers to be between 10% and 30% more energy efficient than conventional models, and about 8% more efficient than current Energy Star models, to qualify. In addition, beginning Feb. 1, 2012, contractors and consumers will be able to identify Energy Star-qualified furnaces appropriate for particular climate zones: --The furnaces that meet the new requirements for the southern half of the country will be labeled with a specific U.S. South Energy Star mark and will be up to 12% more energy efficient than baseline units. --Qualified furnaces in the northern half of the U.S. and Canada will bear the standard Energy Star logo and will be up to 16% more energy ...

Full article: http://www.ecohomemagazine.com/news/2011/07-july/epa-anno...

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