US DOE Appliance and Equipment Standards Program

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An Overview of the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program

An Overview of the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program

About the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Appliance Standards Program sets mandatory minimum energy efficiency standards on products manufactured and imported for sale into the US. The Appliance Standards Program complements ENERGY STAR®, but where that is a voluntary program, manufacturers must comply with the requirements for the Appliance Standards Program.

The Program covers more than 60 categories of appliances and equipment, including Lamps and Luminaires.

Types of products within the Lighting Products category include:

  • Ceiling Fan Light Kits
  • Certain Lamps
  • Compact Fluorescent Lamps
  • Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts
  • General Service Fluorescent Lamps
  • General Service Incandescent Lamps
  • General Service Lamps
  • High-Intensity Discharge Lamps
  • Illuminated Exit Signs
  • Incandescent Reflector Lamps
  • Light Emitting Diode Lamps
  • Luminaires
  • Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures
  • Torchieres
  • Traffic Signal Modules and Pedestrian Modules

Benefits of the US DOE Appliance Standards Program to manufacturers

  • Reduces regulatory burden by pre-empting a potential patchwork of state standards with a single Federal standard
  • Protects manufacturers of quality products from those manufacturing inferior products, including imports
  • Creates economies of scale which decrease costs to develop and produce innovative energy efficient technologies
  • Facilitates market introduction of energy efficient technologies by validating product performance

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