Appliance Standards

Appliance standards represent a cost-effective strategy to protect consumers and businesses and strengthen the state’s clean energy economy. Efficiency products save energy and water, reduce long-term operating costs, and cut greenhouse gas emissions. On May 7, 2019, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law House Bill 1444, which adds 17 new products (PDF) to state standards last updated in 2009. 

The standards are estimated to save Washington consumers and businesses $2 billion in energy and water costs. 

Most standards take effect on January 1, 2021. The effective dates of standards in this legislation are based on date of manufacture, not the date of sale. Products already in stores or warehouses may be installed after the new standards take effect. The standards apply to manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and installers, rather than to individual consumers.

The bill includes a first-in-nation water heater standard. The design requirement for electric water heaters ensures that all new units have a standard communications port. This basic technology will support the electric grid of the future by enabling utility programs to manage water heating loads more effectively and reduce demand in peak periods.

Rulemaking Activities

Upcoming hearings and deadlines

Public hearing

September 23, 2020
1:00 p.m.

Commerce has submitted its CR-102 and proposed rules for phase two of its appliance standards rulemaking. The rules will be published in the State Register on Sept. 2. A virtual hearing will be held on Sept. 23, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Written comments on the rules are due at the same time. Please RSVP at if you plan to testify.

Regulatory Advisories

Electric Storage Water Heater Labeling or Marking Requirements

Commerce issued a regulatory advisory on March 20, 2020, providing limited guidance on electric storage water heater labeling and marking. 

General Service Lamps

Commerce issued a regulatory advisory on March 12, 2020, providing limited guidance on the status of Washington standards for general service lamps.

Legal Resources

Public Comments and Past Workshops


Appliance Standards Awareness project leads a broad-based coalition effort that works to advance new appliance, equipment and lighting standards.

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Need Help?

Sarah Vorpahl, Ph.D.,
Sr. Energy Policy Specialist
Phone: 360-688-6000

Brittany Wagner, MPH,
Appliance Standards Program Manager