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Rulemaking for Direct Heating Equipment, Residential Water Heaters, and Pool Heaters Standby and Off Mode Test Procedures

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to amend the standby and off mode test procedures for direct heating equipment, residential water heaters, and pool heaters. The amendments would incorporate IEC Standard 62301 (Second Edition 2011). This rulemaking is mandated by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). (42 U.S.C. 6291-6309)

This rulemaking is related to the residential pool heaters and residential water heaters standards and test procedures.


Recent Updates | Public Meeting Information | Submitting Public Comments | Milestones and Documents | Related Rulemakings | Statutory Authority | Contact Information


Recent Updates

DOE has published a notice of final rule regarding standby and off mode test procedures for direct heating equipment, residential water heaters, and pool heaters. 77 FR 74559 (December 17, 2012)


Public Meeting Information

A public meeting was held on September 24, 2010.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Milestones and Documents

The direct heating equipment, residential water heaters, and pool heaters standby and off mode test procedures rulemaking docket EERE-2009-BT-TP-0013 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents. For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Final Rule September 2012
Compliance This rule is effective January 16, 2013. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register on January 16, 2013. The compliance date for any representations relating to standby mode and off mode of residential direct heating equipment and pool heaters is June 17, 2013; on and after this date, any such representations must be based upon results generated under these test procedures and sampling plans. For purposes of compliance with energy conservation standards, these test procedure amendments related to standby mode and off mode are not required at this time, but their use will be required upon the compliance date of the next standards final rule which will address standby mode and off mode.

Related Rulemakings

DOE is also conducting a direct heating equipment, residential water heaters, and pool heaters active mode test procedure rulemaking.



Statutory Authority

The current energy conservation standards for direct heating equipment, water heaters, and pool heaters are mandated by Part A, the "Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles" of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. (42 U.S.C. § 6291–6309) These appliances are treated as covered products under Part A. (42 U.S.C. 6292(a)(4),(9), and (11)) The testing requirements are set forth at 42 U.S.C. 6293(c) and 42 U.S.C. 6295(s).

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 amended EPCA to require DOE to amend the test procedures for all covered products to include measures of standby mode and off mode energy consumption. (42 U.S.C. 6295(gg))

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

direct_heating_equipment@ee.doe.gov