Now, Energy Star isn't a safety standard, so it's not exactly critical, but it's still a great thing to have a common measuring stick for all to use.
While I'm generally in favor of having more information on product labels (especially food which I ingest), has anyone ever really used this Energy Star rating when choosing appliances?
I mean, I recently got a fridge. First thing I looked at was dimensions...what is the largest fridge I can get that will fit the space in my kitchen, and allow full access from the doors.
Next, I looked at those with ice maker and water access on the door.
I cook a lot, so I wanted to maximize my fridge space for food and hence, I opted for models that had ice makers in the door, rather than having the unit in the fridge taking up shelf space (french door with freezer below models).
With this I looked how the insides were cut up..opting for more shelf space vs too many drawers.
It happened to be a sale weekend (memorial day?) so I found my perfect model on sale delivered and installed for about $1K off normal regular price.
I've yet to see the "Energy Star" rating on this unit. I supposed it it were a coin flip between 2 units, I might give the Star rating a look and use it as a factor.
But if not that many people are using this and it would save 30% off a federal agency, then why keep it?