Consumer Dishwashers

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As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), “dishwasher” means a cabinet-like appliance which with the aid of water and detergent, washes, rinses, and dries (when a drying process is included) dishware, glassware, eating utensils, and most cooking utensils by chemical, mechanical and/or electrical means and discharges to the plumbing drainage system. 10 CFR 430.2 Manufacturers have been required to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards for residential dishwashers since 1988.

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) pertaining to energy conservation standards for dishwashers. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) requires DOE to periodically determine whether more-stringent standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified and would result in significant energy savings. In this NOPR, DOE proposes amended standards for dishwashers, and requests comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until July 18, 2023.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2019–BT–STD-0039, by email (, Federal eRulemaking portal (
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, June, 8, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website:

Petition for Rulemaking

Extension of Public Comment Period

Grant of Petition for Rulemaking; Proposed Rule

  • Federal Register, 84FR44557 (August 26, 2019)
  • Federal Register, 84FR33869 (July 16, 2019)

Notification of Petition for Rulemaking

  • Federal Register, 83FR17768 (Apr 24, 2018)

The docket EERE-2018-BT-STD-0005 contains all notices, public comments, and supporting documents pertaining to this petition.

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
  • Federal Register, 88FR32514 (May 19, 2023)

Notification of a Webinar and Availability of Preliminary Technical Support Document

Final Rule; Short-Cycle Product Classes for Residential Dishwashers
  • Federal Register, 87FR2673 (January 19, 2022)
  • This final rule is effective February 18, 2022.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

  • Federal Register, 86FR43970 (August 11, 2021)
Final Rule
  • Federal Register, 85FR68723 (October 30, 2020)
  • This rule will be effective November 30, 2020.
  • The incorporation by reference of a certain publication in this final rule will be approved by the Director of the Office of the Federal Register November 30, 2020.
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Request For Information
  • Federal Register, 85FR64981 (October 13, 2020)
Final Rule

The residential dishwashers energy conservation standard rulemaking docket EERE-2014-BT-STD-0021 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information:

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Test Procedure

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • Federal Register, 88FR17419 (March 23, 2023)
Final Rule
  • Federal Register, 88FR3234 (January 18, 2023)

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

  • Federal Register, 86FR72738 (December 22, 2021)
Request for Information
  • Federal Register, 84FR43071 (August 20, 2019)

The residential dishwashers, dehumidifiers, and conventional cooking products test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2010-BT-TP-0039 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Current Standard

Residential dishwashers manufactured and distributed in commerce, as defined by 42 U.S.C. 6291(16), must meet the energy conservation standards specified in the Code of Federal Regulations at 10 CFR 430.32(f)(3).

Current Test Procedure

To determine that residential dishwashers that are currently manufactured or distributed into commerce are in compliance with DOE standards, manufacturers must follow the test procedure methods specified at 10 CFR 430, Subpart B, Appendix C1.

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DOE has established regulations on certification, compliance, and enforcement in the CFR at 10 CFR Part 429.  These regulations cover statistical sampling plans, certified ratings, certification reports, record retention, and enforcement.  More information on these regulations is available here.


For information on current test procedure waivers, see DOE’s Waivers webpage.

For information about obtaining test procedure waivers, see 10 CFR 430.27.


DOE's Office of Hearings and Appeals has not authorized exception relief for residential dishwashers.

For information about obtaining exception relief, see 10 CFR part 1003.

Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions

For information on further guidance and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on all covered products, see DOE’s Further Guidance database.

State Exemptions to Federal Pre-emption

DOE has not exempted any state from this energy conservation standard. States may petition DOE to exempt a state regulation from preemption by the Federal energy conservation standard. States may also petition DOE to withdraw such exemptions. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart D.

Small Business Exemptions

Any manufacturer of a covered product with annual gross revenues that do not exceed $8,000,000 from all its operations and meets certain other conditions may apply for an exemption to the energy conservation standard. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart E.


DOE supports the testing and verification of ENERGY STAR® products in close collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency.

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