What is CEE and How Does it Apply to Home Appliances?

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What is CEE and how does it relate to washers and dishwashers? What does a washer's CEE Tier 3 mean? How is the CEE tier of a washer established?

CEE is a nonprofit consortium of energy efficiency program administrators such as your local gas or electric utility. Members from the US and Canada work together to develop market initiatives to promote the manufacture and purchase of energy-efficient products and services.

CEE incorporates information from manufacturers, other nonprofits, research labs, and government agencies.

One such initiative is the Super Efficient Home Appliance Initiative (SEHA), which provides specifications of super efficiency by establishing tiers of energy performance manufacturers may choose to meet for washers, refrigerators, dishwashers, and room air conditioners.

While consumers have become familiar with the Energy Star rating and the process for appliances to qualify, the CEE tier remains a mystery to many. But it's a notable that should not be ignored, because it provides further detail of energy efficiency, and that means energy savings to the consumer. A product tier complements the already popular Energy Star qualification and has been applied by the manufacturer.

So while an Energy Star appliance is known to be efficient, for the best electricity and water efficiency, also look for the CEE Tier.

In most cases, CEE Tier 1 is the same as the qualification for an ENERGY STAR rating. When there are higher tiers for a product, it means that higher performance is available, usually with a cost-effective payback period.

For more about how the CEE Tier is calculated, visit the CEE site. You'll also find current listings of qualifying appliances by brand and model numbers.

This provides excellent energy efficiency information for consumers to make better choices when it comes to buying energy-saving appliances.

While CEE establishes advanced tiers of energy performance for appliances, consumers should understand that it does not administer any rebate programs, nor does it conduct appliance tests. Consumers should inquire about such energy programs, from their state or provincial efficiency agencies.

Remember to check your state or territory's efficiency rebate programs and take advantage of these savings when buying a new appliance.

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Dishwasher Buying Tips
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