'Energy Star' Claims May Be Misleading: Study

Law360, New York (September 19, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The federal government's Energy Star program, in which household appliances that are supposed to use less energy than their competitors are given special labels, has lax standards and may overstate the energy-saving abilities of certain products, an investigation by Consumer Reports magazine has found.

For a study published in its October issue, Consumer Reports tested several appliances using standards that it said hewed closer to the way consumers actually use products that qualify under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program. It found that in several cases,...
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