Appliance Standards

January 1, 2021 is the effective date of a law requiring higher efficiencies for certain appliances. In June of 2019, Gov. David Ige signed Act 141 (2019), which established minimum efficiency requirements for shower heads, faucets, high-CRI (color rendering index) fluorescent lamps, sprinkler heads, and computers. The purpose of the law is to ensure that Hawaii’s consumers have access to highly efficient devices that have proven to also be high performing and cost competitive. The law states that any of these products sold or offered for sale, lease or rent in the state must meet the efficiency standards summarized in the table below. The standards apply to manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and installers.

Energy-efficient appliances reduce consumers’ utility bills year after year and bring Hawaii closer to its goal of achieving 100 percent clean energy by 2045. Hawaii joins other states such as California, Colorado, Connecticut, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington in adopting appliance standards. Appliance efficiency standards will save Hawaii residents up to one billion dollars in electricity costs over 20 years, which is the equivalent of $215 annually for each Hawaii household.

Product Definition Standard
Computers and computer monitors “Computer” and “Computer monitor” has the same meaning as in California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Section 1602(v), as amended. Computers and computer monitors shall meet the requirements set forth in – California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Section 1605.3, as amended.
Faucets “Faucet” means a lavatory faucet, kitchen faucet, metering faucet, or replacement aerator for a lavatory or kitchen faucet. Faucets shall meet the minimum efficiency standards set forth in California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Section 1605.1, as amended.
High CRI fluorescent lamps “High color rendering index fluorescent lamp” means a fluorescent lamp with a color rendering index of eighty-seven or greater that is not a compact fluorescent lamp. High color rendering index fluorescent lamps shall meet the minimum efficacy requirements contained in Section 430.32(n) (4) of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations as in effect on January 3, 2017, as amended.
Showerheads  “Showerhead” means a device through which water is discharged for a shower bath. Showerhead includes any showerhead, including a handheld showerhead, except a safety shower head. Showerheads shall meet the minimum efficiency standards set forth in California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Section 1605.1, as amended.
Spray sprinkler bodies “Spray sprinkler body” means the exterior case or shell of a sprinkler incorporating a means of connection to the piping system designed to convey water to a nozzle or orifice. Spray sprinkler bodies that are not specifically excluded from the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Specification for Spray Sprinkler Bodies, Version 1.0, shall include an integral pressure regulator and shall meet the water efficiency and performance criteria and other requirements of that specification, as amended.

Please direct questions to Howard Wiig, Energy Analyst with the Hawaii State Energy Office, at [email protected] or 808-587-3811.