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Question: What is CEE and How Does it Apply to Home Appliances

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

Answer: The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) is a nonprofit public benefits corporation that works to develop initiatives for its members that include such organizations as U.S. and Canadian energy offices, utilities, research and environmental groups, to promote the manufacture and purchase of energy efficient products and services. The CEE also partners with manufacturers, retailers 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.

This tier compliments the already popular Energy Star qualification and has been applied based on the Modified Energy Factor(MEF) and the Water Factor(WF) for a given product, as supplied 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. There are three levels of CEE tiers, I, II and III, with the highest number (III) being the best for energy efficiency.

For more about how the CEE Tier is calculated, visit the CEE site. You'll also find there, 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 the 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 agencies.

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

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