The California Energy Commission (CEC) first developed the Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards in 1977. They apply to appliances sold or are offered for sale in California. These standards include minimum levels of operating efficiency, and other cost-effective measures, to promote the use of energy- and water-efficiency appliances.  

After standards are adopted, the CEC informs stakeholders and manufacturers of the final appliance efficiency testing requirements, certification instructions, and procedures to comply with the standards.

To be sold or offered for sale in California it is the responsibility of appliance manufacturers selling their products to test them at CEC-approved laboratories and receive third-party certification. Once certified, manufacturers are required to submit their documentation and data to the CEC to be uploaded into the agency’s online Modernized Appliance Efficiency Database System (MAEDbS). A regulated appliance that is not certified cannot be legally sold or offered for sale in the state of California.

This page provides manufacturers and stakeholders with appliance-specific information.

Outreach and Education Materials by Appliance Category

Appliance Type

  • Gas Fired Heat Pump
  • Geo Heat Pump
  • Heat Pump Water Heating Packages
  • Large and Very Large Heat Pump
  • Small Air Source Heat Pump

Appliance Type

  • Computer Monitors
  • Desktops, Thin Clients, and Mobile Gaming Systems
  • Medical Computer Monitors
  • Notebooks and Portable All-in-ones
  • Small-Scale Servers and Rack-Mounted Workstations

Fact Sheets

Appliance Type

  • Clothes Dryers
  • Clothes Washers
  • Commercial Cooking
  • Dishwashers
  • Residential Cooking

Appliance Type

  • Consumer and Audio and Video
  • Federally Regulated Battery Chargers
  • Large Battery Chargers
  • Small Battery Chargers
  • Televisions and Signage Displays
  • External Power Supplies (Certification to MAEDbS not required)

Fact Sheets

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Bulletins

Appliance Type

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Residential Furnace Fans
  • Whole House and Residential Exhaust Fans

Appliance Type

  • Boilers
  • Combo Space Water Heaters
  • Duct Furnaces and Unit Heaters
  • Furnaces
  • Gas Space Heaters
  • Infrared Heaters

Appliance Type

  • Spray Sprinkler Bodies

Frequently Asked Questions

Webinars

Appliance Type

  • Ballasts
  • Ballasts for Residential Recessed Luminaries
  • Ceiling Fan Light Kit
  • Compact Fluorescent Lamps
  • Deep-Dimming Ballasts
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Lamps
  • Lighting Controls
  • Metal Halide Luminaire
  • Portable Luminaire
  • State-Regulated Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lamp
  • State-Regulated Small Diameter Directional Lamps
  • Torchieres
  • Traffic Signals
  • Under Cabinet Luminaires
  • General Service Lamps (Certification to MAEDbS not required)

Fact Sheets

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Bulletins

Appliance Type

  • Compressors
  • Electric Motors
  • Small Electric Motors (Certification to MAEDbS not required)

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Bulletins

Webinars

Appliance Type

  • Evaporative Coolers
  • Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner and Heat Pump
  • Portable Air Conditioner
  • Room Air Conditioner and Heat Pump
  • Spot Air Conditioner

Fact Sheets

Webinars

Appliance Type

  • Plumbing Fittings (Showerheads, Faucets, Tub Spout diverters, etc.)
  • Plumbing Fixtures (Toilets and Urinals)

Appliance Type

  • Gas-oil Pool Heaters
  • Heat Pump Pool Heaters
  • Portable Electric Spas
  • Residential Pool Pumps

Fact Sheets

Frequently Asked Questions

Appliance Type

  • Automatic Ice Makers
  • Commercial Refrigerators
  • Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products
  • Noncommercial Refrigerators
  • Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines
  • Walk-in Cooler and Freezer Panels
  • Water Dispensers

Appliance Type

  • Transformers

Appliance Type

  • Commercial Water Heaters
  • Residential Water Heaters
  • Residential-Duty Commercial Water Heaters

Utility Sponsored Tools and Training

Contact

Appliance Efficiency Program

Toll-free in California: 888-838-1467
Outside California: 916-651-7100

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