Appliance Standards Laws and Regs

National Appliance Standards Laws and Regulations

The following laws established minimum efficiency standards for appliances, lighting products and equipment and granted the Department of Energy the authority to review, revise, and issue standards:

  • Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA)
  • National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987 and 1988(NAECA)
  • Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT 1992)
  • Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005)
  • Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA)

Where to Find the Laws:

The compiled laws can be found in the U.S. Code Title 42, Chapter 77, Subchapter III, Part A—Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles and Part A-1—Certain Industrial Equipment.

Where to Find the Regulations:

The Executive Branch issues regulations to carry out the federal laws. Regulations pertaining to appliance standards can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 10, Chapter II, Subchapter D, part 430— Energy Conservation for Consumer Products and Title 10, Chapter II, Part 431—Energy Efficiency Program for Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment.

How to Differentiate Between the Two Codes:

The U.S. Code includes only those standards specifically enacted by Congress. The Department of Energy (DOE) establishes some standards and updates all standards periodically, including those initially established by Congress.  The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is updated roughly annually and includes regulations currently in effect. For very recent changes which may not yet have been incorporated into the CFR, see rules recently published in the Federal Register by the DOE at http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/current-rulemakings-and-notices.

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