EPA Introducing System for Finding Energy Star Products
The Environmental Protection Agency is deploying a new product finder system, designed to provide consumers, partners, and interested third parties with greater access to Energy Star product information. The first phase of this launch includes clothes washers and cordless phones, with a full rollout for all types of products scheduled to be completed by the middle of next year.
The product finder system is built off of existing Energy Star information, providing consumers with an easily-accessible, user-friendly search tool, as well as providing utilities, retailers and others with advanced search capabilities, EPA officials state. The backbone of the system is a database that is populated with product information provided by EPA-recognized certification bodies via an XML-based transfer.
The new system will display the same product attributes as appear on the current qualified product lists, but it will allow manufacturers to provide additional identifying information for models such as SKUs, UPC codes, and retail model numbers, officials note. In addition, this system allows EPA to update lists of products nearly daily, providing information in a more timely manner to all parties.
The system includes a basic search tool for consumers, which provides the ability to filter products based on key attributes, such as product type, brand, and size. This tool also allows consumers to compare products, sort by energy efficiency, and share search results.
More advanced users who are focused on promoting Energy Star products can access the detailed datasets (qualified product lists) directly at data.energystar.gov. After signing up for an account, users can take advantage of filter and advanced export options best suited to their needs.
EPA will be providing a webinar overview of this tool for interested stakeholders on November 29, 2012 from 1-2:30 p.m. EST. Those interested in participating should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 26.