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National Standards

National energy efficiency standards for appliances, lighting products and equipment have been saving energy and money since the late 1980s, often with little notice.  But, the tide is turning – national standards are gaining attention, appearing at the top of many “What can we do to reduce our country’s energy use?” lists. Standards specify the minimum energy and/or water efficiency levels of specific products. Since 1987, Congress has established or directed the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to set efficiency standards for more than 55 products. DOE is also charged with reviewing and updating all standards to keep pace with technological change. National standards apply to products manufactured or imported for sale into the U.S. while state standards apply to products sold or installed in a given state.

A 2012 ASAP/ACEEE report entitled, “The Efficiency Boom: Cashing in on the Savings From Appliance Standards,” estimates that products meeting existing standards decreased the country’s 2010 annual electricity use by about 7% and reduced annual CO2 emissions by 203 million metric tons (equal to the the annual emissions of 51 coal-fired power plants). By 2035, we estimate that potential new standards for 34 products will decrease total annual U.S. electricity use an additional 7% and annual CO2 emissions by an additional 200 million metric tons (equal to the annual emissions of 49 coal-fired power plants). And the tide’s still turning with DOE poised to establish or update many more efficiency standards.

National Standards Resources

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Residential, Commercial/Industrial, and Lighting Product Standards All-Product Table, please see below
(click on a product for a description, timeline, and links)
DOE’s Appliance and Equipment Standards Program DOE’s Appliance and Equipment Standards Homepage
DOE’s Rulemaking Process Rulemaking 101
Rulemaking Schedule DOE Schedule by Date
DOE Schedule by Product
Benefits of Standards Benefits of Standards
Savings from Standards

The Efficiency Boom: Cashing in on the Savings from Appliance Standards

History of Standards in the U.S. History
Laws and Regulations Related to Appliance Standards Laws and Regs
State Benefits from Federal Appliance Standards Clickable Map
Related Topics Such as Enforcement and Energy Star Frequently Asked Questions
= Water Savings Standards = Missed DOE Deadline

Residential

Product Covered Initial Legislation Last Standard Issued Effective Date Issued By Updated DOE Standard Expected Potential Effective Date States With Standard
Battery Chargers EPACT 2005 None None N/A 2013 2015 CA, OR
Boilers NAECA 1987 2007 2012 Congress 2015 2020
Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps NAECA 1987 2011 2015 DOE 2017 2022
Clothes Dryers NAECA 1987 2011 2015 DOE 2017 2020
Clothes Washers NAECA 1987 2012 2015 DOE 2018 2021
Compact Audio Equipment None CA, OR, CT
Computers and Battery Backup Systems None N/A
Dehumidifiers EPACT 2005 2007 2012 Congress 2016 2019
Direct Heating Equipment NAECA 1987 2010 2013 DOE 2016 2021
Dishwashers NAECA 1987 2012 2013 DOE 2018 2021
DVD Players and Recorders None CA, OR, CT
External Power Supplies EPACT 2005 2014 2016 DOE 2015 2017 DC, MA, WA, VT, CT, AZ, NY, MD, RI, OR, CA, CA
Faucets EPACT 1992 1992 1994 Congress None None GA
Furnace Fans EPACT 2005 None None N/A 2013 2016
Furnaces NAECA 1987 2011 2013 DOE 2017 2022
Game Consoles None N/A
Microwave Ovens NAECA 1987 2013 2016 DOE 2019 2022
Plumbing Products EPACT 1992 1992 1994 Congress None None GA, TX, CA
Pool Heaters NAECA 1987 2010 2013 DOE 2016 2021
Pool Pumps None AZ, WA, CA, CT
Portable Electric Spas None AZ, OR, WA, CA, CT
Ranges and Ovens NAECA 1987 2009 2012 DOE 2015 2018
Refrigerators and Freezers NAECA 1987 2011 2014 DOE 2018 2021
Room Air Conditioners NAECA 1987 2011 2014 DOE 2017 2020
Set-top Boxes None N/A
Televisions NAECA 1987 None None N/A None None CA, CT, OR
Water Closets EPACT 1992 1992 1994 Congress None None CA, GA, TX
Water Heaters NAECA 1987 2010 2015 DOE 2016 2021
Wine Chillers NAECA 1987 None None DOE 2016 2019 CA
= Water Savings Standards = Missed DOE Deadline

Commercial/Industrial

Product Covered Initial Legislation Last Standard Issued Effective Date Issued By Updated DOE Standard Expected Potential Effective Date States With Standard
Automatic Commercial Ice Makers EPACT 2005 2005 2010 Congress 2013 2016
Boilers, Commercial EPACT 1992 2009 2012 DOE 2016 2019
Clothes Washers, Commercial EPACT 2005 2010 2013 DOE 2015 2018
Commercial 3-Phase Central AC EPACT 1992 2007 2008 Congress 2015 2018
Commercial CAC and HP (Air-Cooled) EPACT 1992 2005 2010 Congress 2014 2017
Commercial CAC and HPs (Water- and Evaporatively-Cooled) EPACT 1992 2012 2013 DOE 2018 2021
Commercial Dishwashers None
Commercial Refrigeration Equipment EPACT 2005 2014 2017 DOE 2022 2025 MD, NJ, WA, CT, AZ, RI, OR, NY, CA
Commercial Water Heaters EPACT 1992 2001 2003 DOE 2014 2017
Compressors EPACT 1992 None None N/A 2016 2021
Distribution Transformers: Liquid-Immersed EPACT 1992 2013 2016 DOE 2019 2022
Distribution Transformers: Low-Voltage Dry-Type EPACT 2005 2013 2016 DOE 2019 2022 WA, NJ, CA, MA, CT, MD, RI, AZ
Distribution Transformers: Medium-Voltage Dry-Type EPACT 1992 2013 2016 DOE 2019 2022 VT, MA
Electric Motors EPACT 1992 2007 2010 Congress 2014 2017
Fans, Blowers, and Fume Hoods EPACT 1992 None None N/A 2016 2019
Furnaces, Commercial Warm Air EPACT 1992 2001 2003 DOE 2014 2017
Hot Food Holding Cabinets None CA, NH, DC, OR, WA, CT, RI, MD
Packaged Terminal AC and HP EPACT 1992 2008 2010 DOE 2015 2018
Pre-Rinse Spray Valves EPACT 2005 2005 2006 Congress None None
Pumps, Commercial and Industrial EPACT 1992 None None N/A 2016 2019
Small Electric Motors EPACT 1992 2010 2015 DOE 2016 2021
Unit Heaters EPACT 2005 2005 2008 Congress None None
Urinals EPACT 1992 1992 1994 Congress None None CA, TX, GA
Vending Machines EPACT 2005 2009 2012 DOE 2016 2019
Walk-In Coolers and Freezers EISA 2007 2007 2009 Congress 2013 2016
Water Dispensers None CA, NH, DC, MD, OR, WA, RI, CT
= Water Savings Standards = Missed DOE Deadline

Lighting

Product Covered Initial Legislation Last Standard Issued Effective Date Issued By Updated DOE Standard Expected Potential Effective Date States With Standard
Candelabra & Intermediate Base Incandescent Lamps None 2007 2012 Congress 2015 2018
Ceiling Fans and Ceiling Fan Light Kits EPACT 2005 2005 2007 Congress 2015 2018
Compact Fluorescent Lamps EPACT 2005 2005 2006 Congress 2017 2020
Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts NAECA 1988 1988 2011 2014 DOE 2018 2021
General Service Fluorescent Lamps EPACT 1992 2009 2012 DOE 2014 2017
General Service Lamps: Incandescents plus CFLs, GSLED, GSOLED None 2007 2012 Congress 2017 2020 NV, CA
HID Lamps EPACT 1992 None None N/A 2014 2017
Illuminated Exit Signs EPACT 2005 2005 2006 Congress None None
Incandescent Reflector Lamps EPACT 1992 2009 2012 DOE 2014 2017
Incandescent Reflector Lamps (includes certain BR and Other Exempted IRLs) EPACT 1992 None None N/A 2014 2017
Luminaires EPACT 1992 None None N/A None None CA
Mercury Vapor Lamp Ballasts EPACT 2005 2005 2008 Congress None None
Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures EISA 2007 2014 2017 DOE 2019 2022 CT, CA, DC, VT, AZ, MD, MA, RI, OR, NY, CA
Outdoor Light Fixtures None N/A
Torchiere Lighting Fixtures EPACT 2005 2005 2006 Congress None None
Traffic Signals EPACT 2005 2005 2006 Congress None None

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