Energy Star Products in Question?

For a long time Energy Star products were thought to be a rigorous international standard to look for in these well recognized blue label consumer products.
We now find out through a new GAO study that fake products, faulty products and self-certified products have been given this label.
The GAO is the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which is known as “the investigative arm of Congress” and “the congressional watchdog.”
Manufacturers have been trying to blow the whistle on the lax qualifying standards and out-of-date testing procedures for awhile.  Therefore, this new finding really questions whether the Energy Star label really represents the most efficient products, as a recent article in Builder magazine shows.
The EPA released a statement following the GAO report, stating that it uses a series of checks to ensure Energy Star-labeled products save energy and reduce emissions.
“We welcome all efforts, internal or external, to improve the program, and this report raises important issues,” the statement said. “That’s why we have started an enhanced testing program and have already taken enforcement actions against companies that have violated the rules.”