Appliance Efficiency Program Enforcement

Why is it important to comply with the Regulations?

Compliance with the Regulations is essential in helping California achieve its energy reduction goals. Regulation compliant appliances help reduce the state's energy and water consumption by ensuring that only the most efficient appliances are offered for sale and sold.

What can you do to make sure you are in compliance?

The Commission helps homeowners, building professionals, manufacturers, distributors and retailers comply with the Regulations by providing the Energy Standards Hotline, the Appliance Efficiency Database, and the Submittal Forms. Please also visit the Educational Resources page to find links to other tools that can assist you.

In July of 2015, the Commission adopted regulations to fine non-compliant manufacturers, distributors and retailers. For more information, please visit the Appliance Efficiency Enforcement Rulemaking page.

How do you report noncompliance concerns?

The Energy Commission receives reports of noncompliance through various sources: the industry "self-policing", appliance market surveys, test results from our contracted test laboratory, other regulatory agencies, and from energy advocates, consumers, and others. To report a manufacturer, distributor or retailer who you believe is not in compliance with the Regulations, please email the Appliance Efficiency Program at or complete the Appliance Efficiency Enforcement Intake Form (PDF).

Please note that your email or this form and the information contained within it, including written comments and contact information, may become a releasable public record under the Public Records Act.

Do you have questions?

If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact the Energy Standards Hotline.