Consumer Clothes Washers

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As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), “clothes washer” means a consumer product designed to clean clothes, utilizing a water solution of soap and/or detergent and mechanical agitation or other movement, and must be one of the following classes: automatic clothes washers, semi-automatic clothes washers, and other clothes washers. 10 CFR 430.2 Manufacturers have been required to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards for clothes washers 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 residential clothes washers (RCWs). 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 energy conservation standards for RCWs, and also announces a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until May 2, 2023.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-STD-0014, by email (, Federal eRulemaking portal (
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, March 28, 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:

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, 88FR13520 (February 3, 2023)

Notice of Data Availability; Comment Period Reopening

Notice of Data Availability

  • Federal Register, 87FR30433 (May 20, 2022)
  • Federal Register, 87FR21816 (April 13, 2022)
Final Rule
  • Federal Register, 87FR2673 (January 19, 2022)

Notification of a Webinar and Availability of Preliminary TSD; Comment Extension

Notification of a Webinar and Availability of Preliminary TSD

  • Federal Register, 86FR59889 (October 29, 2021)
  • Federal Register, 86FR53886 (September 29, 2021)
Final Rule
  • Federal Register, 85FR81359 (December 16, 2022)

Request for Information; Reopening of the Comment Period

Request for Information; Comment Period Extension

Request for Information

The clothes washer energy conservation standard rulemaking docket EERE-2008-BT-STD-0019 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

Final Rule; Correction Notice

Final Rule

  • Federal Register, 87FR78819 (December 23, 2022)
  • Federal Register, 87FR33316 (June 1, 2022)

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Comment Extension

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

  • Federal Register, 86FR59652 (October 28, 2021)
  • Federal Register, 86FR49140 (September 1, 2021)

Request for Information; Comment Extension

Request for Information

  • Federal Register, 85FR38106 (June 26, 2020)
  • Federal Register, 85FR31065. (May 22, 2020)

The clothes washer test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2010-BT-TP-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.

Current Standard

Clothes washers 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(g).

Current Test Procedure

To determine that clothes washers 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 430.23(j).

Test Cloth Correction Factors

The Test Cloth Correction Factors page contains the information used to determine the test cloth correction factors for each test cloth lot.

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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 wavers, 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 clothes washers.

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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