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 took effect on January 1, 2021.
- Effective dates of standards in this legislation are based on date of manufacture, not 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.
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.
- AHRI letter (PDF)
- Commerce letter (PDF)
- Regulatory Advisory on Electric Storage Water Heater Labeling and Marking Requirements (PDF)
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.
Appliance Standards Awareness project leads a broad-based coalition effort that works to advance new appliance, equipment and lighting standards.
- Appliance Standards Awareness Project
- California Energy Commission
- ENERGY STAR
- Commerce letter to Department of Energy (PDF)
- CR-103 and supporting documents (PDF) (adopted rules)