Historical Regulations & Rulemakings

Historical Appliance Database

The Energy Commission maintains this database for appliances that do not meet current efficiency standards but were certified as meeting earlier, less stringent efficiency standards. Appliances manufactured prior to the effective date of the current efficiency standards may still be sold or offered for sale if they were certified as meeting the standard in effect on the date the model was manufactured.

Previous Appliance Efficiency Regulations & Rulemakings

California's Appliance Efficiency Regulations were established in 1976 in response to a legislative mandate to reduce California's energy consumption. The regulations are updated periodically to allow consideration and possible incorporation of new energy efficiency technologies and methods.

2012 Order Instituting Rulemaking

On March 14, 2012, the Commission issued an Order Instituting Rulemaking to formally begin the process of considering standards, test procedures, labeling requirements, and other efficiency measures for a variety of appliances that consume a significant amount of energy or water.


2012 Regulations


2010 Regulations

The 2010 regulations were adopted by the Energy Commission on November 18, 2009.


2009 Regulations

The 2009 regulations were adopted by the California Energy Commission on December 3, 2008, and approved by the California Office of Administrative Law on July 10, 2009.


2008 Regulations

The 2008 rulemaking includes Docket numbers 07-AAER-3, 08-AAER-1A and 08-AAER-1B


2007 Regulations

The 2007 regulations were adopted by the California Energy Commission on June 20, 2007, and approved by the California Office of Administrative Law on September 17, 2007. They were superseded by Revised Regulations that were effective December 29, 2007.


2006 Regulations

The 2006 regulations were adopted by the Energy Commission on October 11, 2006, and approved by the California Office of Administrative Law on December 14, 2006.


2005 Regulations

The 2005 regulations were adopted by the Energy Commission on April 13, 2005.


2003 Regulations

The 2003 regulations were effective April 1, 2003


2002 Regulations

The 2002 regulations were effective November 22, 2002.

Older Appliance Efficiency Regulations