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USA - Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Clothes Washers and Clothes Dryers

​USA Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy announced the Energy Conservation Program: Establishment of New Product Classes for Residential Clothes Washers and Consumer Clothes Dryers.

The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended ("EPCA"), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers. In this final rule, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE" or "the Department") establishes separate product classes for top-loading consumer clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 30 minutes, and for front-loading residential clothes washers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 45 minutes.

DOE's decision to establish these new product classes is based on the comments received in response to the proposed rule as well as testing and evaluation conducted by the Department. This rulemaking sets out the basis for the new product classes. DOE intends to determine the specific energy and water consumption limits for the new product classes in separate rulemakings in accordance with the requirements of the Department's Process Rule.

DATES: The effective date of this rule is January 15, 2021.

This final rule and previous actions notified under the symbol G/TBT/N/USA/1638 are identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-STD-0001. The Docket Folder is available on at, and provides access to primary and supporting documents as well as comments received. Documents are also accessible from by searching the docket number.

Source Link: G/TBT/N/USA/1638/Add.2

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