ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award for consumers

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The ENERGY STAR® Emerging Technology Award is given to innovative technologies that meet rigorous performance criteria to reduce energy use and lower greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features or functionality.  The Award provides forward-thinking, environmentally conscious consumers and end users with a tool to identify and purchase cutting-edge technologies that offer energy savings and help to reduce their carbon footprint. Interested?  Check out the technologies below for more information on savings opportunities and product availability.  

Award Winning Technologies for 2022:

Adaptive Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the selection of Adaptive Commercial Refrigeration Equipment as a 2022 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award category with the goal of recognizing promising commercial refrigeration technology that offers new ways to save energy and protect the environment. In a conventional refrigeration system, the compressor operates at maximum capacity in response to thermal load, or it is turned off when the desired temperature has been achieved. However, the refrigeration load requirements vary widely based on various factors. An advanced adaptive compressor system pairs a variable speed compressor with a sensor-driven control system capable of capacity modulation in response to a varying internal thermal load. As a result, the advanced adaptive compressor system allows for the refrigerator to save a significant amount of energy while regulating the temperature by minimizing wide temperature variations.

Residential Induction Cooking Tops

The Award beginning in 2021 and continuing through 2022 recognizes residential induction cooking tops. Conventional residential cooking tops typically employ gas or a resistive electrical element to generate heat, which is then transferred to cookware via thermal conduction. Through this process, gas cooking tops transfer energy with efficiencies of approximately 32% while electric cooking tops are 75-80% efficient. Residential induction cooking tops instead consist of an electromagnetic coil that creates a magnetic field when supplied with an electric current. When brought into this field, compatible cookware is warmed internally and transfers the energy with about 85% efficiency, providing energy savings and reduced cooking times, among other health and safety benefits.