Connected Criteria for ENERGY STAR Products

EPA has maintained connected criteria, generally optional, in ENERGY STAR specifications for several products since 2011. These criteria seek to identify products that provide energy reporting, consumer amenity, and grid services through connection to other systems inside and outside the home.  EPA follows regular principles in considering connected criteria, but the specifics for each product type depend on considerations specific to its technologies and markets. Visit the Connected Criteria for Partners page for more information regarding EPA’s approach to connected functionality in current specifications.

All interested parties who would like to participate in the process of more fully addressing connected functionality in ENERGY STAR specifications are encouraged to send their contact information to to be added to the distribution list for updates. Questions or concerns regarding the materials on this webpage can be directed to Abigail Daken at or This webpage will be updated periodically as new information becomes available.

Large Loads Discussion Guide Comment Response Document - July 30, 2019

Stakeholder Comments on the Connected Criteria for Large Load Products Discussion Guide - March 18, 2018

CA IOUs Comments (PDF, 486 KB)
Carrier Comments (PDF, 548 KB)
CEE Comments (PDF, 1.1 MB)
ecobee Comments (PDF, 74 KB)
NEEP Comments (PDF, 83 KB)
Steffes Comments (PDF, 169 KB)
Webasto Comments (PDF, 113 KB)
Zodiac Comments (PDF, 263 KB)

ENERGY STAR Connected Criteria for Large Load Products Discussion Guide Webinar - March 7, 2019

EPA held a webinar on March 7, 2019 to discuss the ENERGY STAR Connected Criteria for Large Load Products Discussion Guide. Please send all written feedback to no later than March 18, 2019.

Connected Criteria for Large Loads Discussion Guide - February 14, 2019

EPA released a Discussion Guide regarding connected criteria for certain large load products, including Pool Pumps, Central Air Conditioners and Air Source Heat Pumps, Water Heaters, and Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment. Stakeholders are invited to submit feedback to by March 18, 2019.