ENERGY STAR is a U.S. government-sponsored program that helps businesses and homeowners save energy and protect the environment by giving them the information they need to make smart choices about efficiency.
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is an independent testing organization established to assess products for public safety. UL conducts tests based on standards set by its own engineers, in conjunction with input from manufacturers and product users. Every year, more than 71,000 products are evaluated in the organization’s 66 facilities, which are located around the world.
GreenSpec is a leading resource of environmentally responsible products.
The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) is a trade association that develops and publishes performance-testing standards for air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment. ARI standards ensure manufacturers’ problem claims are valid and reliable, so buyers can make informed decisions about product claims.
The Good Housekeeping Seal is one of the most prestigious and trusted symbols of quality. Before products can earn the seal, they are rigorously evaluated by the Good Housekeeping Institute, the research arm of Good Housekeeping magazine. If a product bearing the Seal proves to be defective within two years of purchase, Good Housekeeping will replace the product or refund the purchase price.
The Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association is a national trade association that sponsors a voluntary certification program for residential and commercial heating systems. The program provides independent verification of manufacturers’ AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) claims, allowing consumers to compare the energy ratings of different products.
CSA also develops standards related to design of a wide range of products. The CSA Blue Star label tells consumers that the unit was certified for electrical and/or combustion safety in residential applications.