Appliances Initiative


The CEESM Super Efficient Home Appliances Initiative (SEHA) facilitates efforts by efficiency programs to boost sales and overall market share of efficient appliances. The Initiative complements ENERGY STAR® efforts to increase the sales and market penetration of qualified appliances.


Members formulated a new clothes washer specification timed for release with a federal standard update and a redefinition of evaluation metrics. The CEE tiered specification aligns with ENERGY STAR and ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, while also challenging manufacturers to continue seeking efficiency gains. For dishwashers, energy performance improvements and the market push to maintain alignment with ENERGY STAR resulted in a specification revision. CEE pursued the challenging issues specific to clothes dryers; this enabled significant progress toward a tiered specification.

A Word about Connected

This committee continued discussions on the desired functionality and value of connected appliances, including: identification of the connected requirements for successful participation in member demand response and peak pricing programs; consensus building on data for measuring and verifying program impacts; and discussion around engaging consumers and fostering behavior change.

CEE members recognized that room air conditioners are likely the appliance with the greatest value proposition from connected functionality. As a result, this Initiative reviewed and commented on connected requirements in the ENERGY STAR room air-conditioner specification.

The CEE Super Efficient Home Appliance (SEHA) Initiative was launched in 1993. CEE has collected appliance program data since 2000. The four major product categories have been consistently supported by members, as shown in the chart.

In particular, these data represent the CEE member programs identified through the CEE residential appliance program survey and research. As the program summary design and number of respondents has fluctuated from year to year, CEE cautions against drawing any significant conclusions from the data presented.

Data Source:
CEE Appliance Program Summaries from 2008–2015. See a recent example.

How to Participate

New members who support the ENERGY STAR appliances program are invited to join this Initiative provided they:

  • offer incentives for appliances meeting at least Tier 1 efficiency levels
  • deploy a significant and focused educational and promotional program for efficient appliances that meet at least Tier 1 specifications



Alliant Energy—Iowa

Ameren Illinois

Atmos Energy Corporation

Austin Energy

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

BC Hydro

Black Hills Energy

Bonneville Power Administration

Cape Light Compact


City of Palo Alto Utilities

Commonwealth Edison Company

Consolidated Edison Company

Consumers Energy

DC Sustainable Energy Utility

DTE Energy

Efficiency Maine

Efficiency Nova Scotia

Efficiency Vermont

Energy Trust of Oregon


Focus on Energy—Wisconsin


Georgia Power

Gulf Power

Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program


Idaho Power

Indianapolis Power & Light Company

Kansas City Power & Light

Liberty Utilities

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

MidAmerican Energy

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Montana-Dakota Utilities

National Grid

New Hampshire Electric Co-Op

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Newfoundland Power

Northern California Power Agency

Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO)

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

NV Energy


Pacific Gas and Electric Company



Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco)

PPL Electric Utilities

PSEG Long Island

Puget Sound Energy

Rocky Mountain Power

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Salt River Project

San Diego Gas & Electric Company


Seattle City Light

Snohomish County PUD


Southern California Edison

Southwest Gas

Tacoma Power

Tennessee Valley Authority

United Illuminating Company


Vectren Corporation

Xcel Energy