U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) testing has identified one refrigerator-freezer that does not meet the ENERGY STAR program’s energy efficiency requirement and one dishwasher that may not meet an ENERGY STAR requirement.
Dayton-brand refrigerator-freezer model 5NTX1, imported by Grainger Global Sourcing (“Grainger”), and ASKO Appliances, Inc. (“ASKO”) dishwasher model D5253XXL were selected for testing as part of the DOE ENERGY STAR Verification Testing Program.
DOE testing revealed that Grainger’s Dayton-brand model 5NTX1 does not meet the ENERGY STAR energy efficiency requirement. The four tested units of this model consumed energy at an average rate of more than 34% greater than the allowed ENERGY STAR rate.
DOE’s initial testing of ASKO model D5253XXL, performed on a single unit of this model, indicated that it may not meet the ENERGY STAR energy efficiency requirement. The first tested unit consumed energy at a rate of more than 6% greater than the allowed ENERGY STAR rate. ASKO discontinued the model, so DOE was unable to procure and test three additional units. Accordingly, DOE was unable to determine conclusively whether the model meets the ENERGY STAR energy efficiency requirement.
DOE’s Office of Enforcement referred the two models to the Environmental Protection Agency, brand manager for the ENERGY STAR program, for appropriate action.