U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Building Technologies Office – Appliance & Equipment Standards
Recent Updates: The Final Rule to codify Amendments to the Test Procedures for Residential Dishwashers, Dehumidifiers, and Cooking Products was authorized by the Department of Energy on September 17, 2012. This document will amend the test procedure for the aforementioned products to address active, standby and off mode energy use.
The link to the document is below under the Current Test Procedures Rulemaking Activity, Final Rule.
This page describes rulemaking activities and regulations regarding energy efficiency for residential dehumidifiers.
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and commercial and industrial equipment. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to determine whether amended, more stringent, standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) subsequently prescribed standards for dehumidifiers, fulfilling DOE's obligation. Therefore, DOE did not amend the standards for dehumidifiers in the final rule for residential dishwashers, dehumidifiers, and cooking products, and commercial clothes washers, but instead codified the statutory standards in the EISA En Masse Technical Amendment. EISA 2007 also amended EPCA to direct DOE to amend its test procedure for dehumidifiers to include measures of standby mode and off mode energy consumption.
Current Test Procedure Rulemaking Activity
Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNOPR)
- SNOPR for Test Procedures for Residential Dishwashers, Dehumidifiers, and Conventional Cooking Products, Federal Register, Friday, May 25, 2012
- SNOPR for Test Procedures for Residential Dishwashers, Dehumidifiers, and Conventional Cooking Products, Federal Register, September 20, 2011
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR)
NOPR Test Procedure Public Meeting Information and Meeting Materials
Test Procedure Contact Information
Energy Conservation Standards
- Notice of Public Meeting and Availability of Framework Document, Federal Register, 77 FR 49739, August 17, 2012
- Extension of Public Comment Period, Federal Register, 77 FR 51943, August 28, 2012
- Rulemaking Framework Document for Dehumidifiers, August 17, 2012
- Public Meeting: DOE held a public meeting on September 24, 2012 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC.
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR)
Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR)
Certification, Compliance and Enforcement Requirements
The Department published a Final Rule on January 5, 2010, which adopts regulations to implement reporting requirements for energy conservation standards and energy use. The Final Rule also addresses other matters concerning compliance, certification and enforcement procedures. The Department published a Technical Amendment on January 28, 2010 that corrects cross-referencing errors in the final rule.
- Certification, Compliance, and Enforcement Requirements for Certain Consumer Products and Commercial and Industrial Equipment Final Rule, Federal Register, 75 FR 652, January 5, 2010,
- Certification, Compliance, and Enforcement Requirements for Certain Consumer Products and Commercial and Industrial Equipment); Technical Amendment, Federal Register, 75 FR 4474, January 28, 2010
Stephen L. Witkowski, P.E.