New Energy Star Specifications for Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Effective Soon

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Version 5.0 Energy Star Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers product specification will go into effect on Dec. 22.

As of then, only products verified to Version 5.0 and submitted by EPA-recognized certification bodies to EPA using the Version 5.0 web service will be displayed on the list of certified models.

The new specification, announced in March, establishes updated performance levels for a subset of product classes, expands scope to include service over-the-counter and chef base classes and aligns with current industry test methods, terms and definitions. The EPA says Energy Star-certified commercial refrigerators and freezers under this specification will deliver energy savings of up to 24%.

Questions regarding the specification can be directed to, and certification bodies can direct questions concerning the submittal of Version 5.0 certified commercial refrigerators and freezers to


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