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.
This page describes rulemaking activities and regulations regarding energy efficiency for residential dishwashers.
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended, 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 dishwashers, fulfilling DOE's obligation. Therefore, DOE did not amend the standards for dishwashers 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 dishwashers to include measures of standby mode and off mode energy consumption.
Current Test Procedure Rulemaking Activity
Test Procedure Final Rule
Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNOPR)
- Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Residential Dishwashers and Cooking Products, Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Federal Register, 77 FR 49064, Wednesday, August 15, 2012
- SNOPR for Test Procedures for Residential Dishwashers, Dehumidifiers, and Conventional Cooking Products, Federal Register Friday, May 25, 2012
- SNOPR 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
Direct Final Rule
After a regulatory action has been issued, Section 6(a)(3)(E) of EO 12866 requires agencies to identify in a complete, clear, and simple manner, the substantive changes between the draft submitted to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review and the action subsequently announced, and identify those changes in the regulatory action that were made at the suggestion or recommendation of OIRA. The document at the link below is intended to comply with this requirement.
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR)
Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR)
Public Meetings and Meeting Materials (Past Rulemakings)
Additional Information (Past Rulemakings)
- Final Rule: Test Procedure for Dishwashers, Federal Register, August 29, 2003
- Concept Summary for Dishwasher Test Procedure
- Review of Survey Data to Support Revisions to DOE's Dishwasher Test Procedure, report by Arthur D. Little, Inc.
- Addendum to the Arthur D. Little, Inc. report, "Review of Survey Data to Support Revisions to DOE's Dishwasher Test Procedure", March 5, 2002
- Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Test Procedures for Dishwashers, Federal Register, September 3, 2002
- Final Rule; Correction: Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Test Procedure for Dishwashers; Correction, Federal Register, May 1, 2002
- Final Rule: Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Test Procedure for Dishwashers, Federal Register, December 18, 2001
- Final Rule — Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Test Procedure for Clothes Washers and Reporting Requirements for Clothes Washers, Clothes Dryers, and Dishwashers; August 27, 1997.
Stephen L. Witkowski, P.E.