The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today in a blog posting that it recognizes AHAM as an ENERGY STAR certification body for clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, refrigerator/freezers and freezers.
EPA states: “This agreement is a reflection of DOE's and AHAM's extensive and long-standing collaborative work together on verification and represent the kind of creative, public-private partnership that benefits industry, consumers, and government alike.”
Prior to the agreement, AHAM and EPA conducted separate appliance verification programs. Working together, AHAM and DOE can conserve taxpayer dollars and eliminate duplicative testing. Consumers can purchase AHAM Verifide appliances knowing that the federal testing procedures for measuring an appliance’s energy consumption are trusted and were developed by the U.S. Department of Energy.
EPA also stated in their post:
“As an EPA-approved certification body, AHAM will administer verification testing for the ENERGY STAR program, which includes verifying data and reporting on specifications. AHAM will continue to follow a series of stringent testing requirements, holding appliances that are potentially eligible for ENERGY STAR certification to the highest of standards, helping to ensure that these appliances deliver significant savings for energy efficiency and quality performance. In addition, AHAM will identify instances of potential noncompliance with ENERGY STAR requirements and federal energy conservation standards. AHAM will notify relevant government stakeholders, including the Energy Department, if an appliance is noncompliant with any program requirement, so that the appropriate agency can rectify any issues with compliance."