Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards

In 2021, the State of Rhode Island passed the Appliance and Equipment Energy and Water Efficiency and Standards Act of 2021 (R.I.G.L § 39-27), updating the state’s previous appliance standards from 2005. The energy and water efficiency standards apply to 15 products.

Appliance standards are an effective way to remove the most inefficient and wasteful products from the marketplace. This ensures that the products that Rhode Islanders purchase deliver the performance that they expect while driving large savings in energy and water, helping the state reach its climate goals.

Product Categories

  1. Commercial dishwashers
  2. Commercial fryers
  3. Commercial hot-food holding cabinets
  4. Commercial ovens
  5. Commercial steam cookers
  6. Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)
  7. Faucets
  8. Gas fireplaces
  9. Portable electric spas
  10. Residential fans
  11. Showerheads
  12. Spray sprinkler bodies
  13. Urinals
  14. Water closets
  15. Water coolers

Certify Products for Appliance Efficiency Standards

Manufacturers of products covered under Rhode Island’s efficiency standards must certify compliant products starting January 1st, 2023. No uncertified products from the listed categories may sold, leased, or rented in the state after January 1, 2023. 

To keep the certification process as simple as possible for manufacturers, the State of Rhode Island is using existing databases for certification and coordinating with neighboring states for certification consistency, whenever possible. The certification process varies depending on the product category.

Databases

Where to certify 

Product Category

Certification Method

Commercial dishwashers

Certify as voluntary products in the California database.

Commercial fryers

Certify as voluntary products in the California database.

Commercial hot-food holding cabinets

Certify to the Northeast Energy Efficiency

Partnerships (NEEP) State Appliance Standards Database (SASD).

Commercial ovens

Certify to the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) State Appliance Standard Database (SASD).

Commercial steam cookers

Certify as voluntary products in the California database.

Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)

Certify to the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) State Appliance Standard Database (SASD).

Faucets

Certify to the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) State Appliance Standard Database (SASD).

Gas fireplaces

Certify to the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) State Appliance Standard Database (SASD).

Portable electric spas

Standard matches California standard. Products certified in the California database do not require additional certification.

Residential fans

Certify as voluntary products in the California database.

Showerheads

Certify to the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) State Appliance Standard Database (SASD).

Spray sprinkler bodies

Standard matches California standard. Products certified in the California database do not require additional certification.

Urinals

Certify to the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) State Appliance Standard Database (SASD).

Water closets

Standard matches California standard. Products certified in the California database do not require additional certification.

Water coolers

Certify to the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) State Appliance Standard Database (SASD).

Resources

Contact

Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908
Phone: (401) 574-9100

Energy.resources@energy.ri.gov

Steven Chybowski, Energy Efficiency Lead

Steven.chybowski@energy.ri.gov