Appliances Initiative


The Super Efficient Home Appliances Initiative (SEHA) facilitates efficiency programs in boosting sales and overall market share of products featuring super efficiency. The initiative complements ENERGY STAR® program efforts to increase the sales and market penetration of qualified appliances.

How to participate

You are invited to join our efforts if you are currently supporting the ENERGY STAR appliances program and:

  1. providing incentives for appliances meeting at least tier 1 efficiency levels
  2. deploying a significant and focused educational and promotional program for efficient appliances that meet at least tier 1 specifications
  3. implementing either or both of the above


In 2014 CEE considered how ENERGY STAR Most Efficient criteria align with member needs. Use of Most Efficient is recommend for members looking to:

  • reach early adopters or the enviromentally aware market segment
  • partner with local retailers
  • accelerate market transformation locally by introducing advanced items early in the adoption cycle
A Word about Connected

In 2014 this committee began connected work:

  • identifying new efficiency measures, including behavior change and possible negative energy savings to manage
  • building consensus on CEE member data needs that connected products could provide for use in measuring and verifying program impacts
  • determining customer engagement needs from connected products, including non-energy benefits

CEE specifications enable member incentive programs to identify and promote the most efficient products in the marketplace resulting in market transformation along the distribution chain. As these efforts succeed in changing the market, CEE tier levels are raised from time to time to reflect and encourage continued advancement. The increasing tier levels depicted in this graph indicate the progress made in the efficient clothes washer marketplace.

Note: Since 2000, the CEE residential clothes washer specification has also included a water factor requirement, incorporated in the federal standard in 2011.

Data Source:
This information was compiled using the DOE Residential Clothes Washer Standards and the ENERGY STAR Clothes Washer Specifications



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