On July 19, the EPA announced it is increasing efficiency requirements for Energy Star labeling for home dishwashers and furnaces. Under the new standards, effective Jan. 20, 2012, both standard-size and compact residential dishwashers will be required to be 10 percent to 30 percent more energy-efficient than conventional models or about 8 percent more efficient than dishwashers under the previous standards. The new requirements for furnaces, which go into effect Feb. 1, 2012, vary according to climate zones. To earn the Energy Star label under the new requirements, product performance must be certified by third party, recognized by EPA and based on testing in an EPA-recognized laboratory. These new requirements are among the 20 revisions to product requirements due to be completed by year end.