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 initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s test procedure for consumer dishwashers.

Petition for Rulemaking

DOE has published a Federal Register notice extending the comment period pertaining to the grant of petition for rulemaking for standards for dishwashers.

DOE has published a Federal Register notice pertaining to a petition received from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) to define a new product class under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA), for residential dishwashers. The new product class would cover dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of less than one hour from washing through drying. DOE has decided to grant this petition for rulemaking and propose a dishwasher product class with a cycle time for the normal cycle of less than one hour.

DOE has published a Federal Register notice announcing receipt of a petition from the Competitive Enterprise Institute to define a new product class under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act for consumer dishwashers. 83 FR 17768 (April 24, 2018). The new product class would cover dishwashers with a cycle time of less than one hour from washing through drying. 

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.

Standards

DOE has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for residential dishwashers. 81 FR 90072 (December 13, 2016).

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

DOE has published a Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through a request for information (RFI) pertaining to test procedures for dishwashers. 84FR43071 (August 20, 2019)

DOE has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to test procedure for residential dishwashers 77 FR 65942 (October 31, 2012).

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

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until September 19, 2019.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2016-BT-TP-0012, by email (ResDishwasher2016TP0012@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.


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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Compliance

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.

Waivers

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

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

Exceptions

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.

ENERGY STAR®

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

Find tips and guidance for making your home, workplace, or vehicle more energy efficient visit EnergySavers.gov.

Contact information

For more information related to this product, please email:
ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov


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