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ENERGY STAR appliances have been a successful program offer for many BPA utility customers. However, as ENERGY STAR specifications increase and rebate amounts decrease, it's time to find ways to reduce costs of program delivery, while still maintaining a compelling program. BPA has partnered with Northwest utilities to explore promising design options.
 
Have you seen the Momentum Savings Appliance Standards page?
Appliance standards have a dramatic impact on energy demand in the region. For example, BPA analyzed appliance standards over a 25-year-period and found that the efficiency resource is enough to power more than one million homes. Over the years, federal and state efficiency standards have increased the stringency of regulated products, expanded scopes to include previously unregulated products and all but eliminated the least efficient products from the market. The Momentum Savings team has estimated savings from 45 federal appliance standards, not accounted for by the Council in the Seventh Plan baseline. For more information about the savings from appliance standards or to download BPA’s models, check out the Momentum Savings webpage.
 
CEE washer specification change
In February 2018, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, or CEE, released a new specification that required a change to the associated tiers for ENERGY STAR clothes washers. BPA's 2020-2021 Implementation Manual, effective Oct. 1, 2019, permanently adopts the CEE tier structure. Changes to BPA measures resulting from the new tier structure include models previously referred to as Tier 3 are now referred to as Advanced Tier.
 
Please note: BPA does not provide incentives directly to homeowners. Please contact your local utility for details.
The Benefits of Energy-Efficient Appliances​
ENERGY STAR appliances, such as clothes washers and dryers, use less energy and water than standard appliances. Although they cost a little more at purchase, the up-front costs are made up with savings on the consumer's utility bill in just a few years.
How BPA Supports Efficient Appliances​
BPA supports utility-run appliance offers in the following ways: 
  • Track upcoming changes in ENERGY STAR appliance specifications.
  • Maintain total resource cost-effective measures with BPA payment.
  • Provide access to qualified products lists and regional marketing opportunities.
BPA currently requires utilities to provide verification that the product meets ENERGY STAR specification. If claiming fuel-specific clothes washer measures, documentation of water heater fuel and clothes dryer fuel is also required. The Simple Steps, Smart Savings program offers an option to capture sales and savings at the point of sale, without requiring documentation. This approach utilizes the Retail Sales Allocation methodology. Find details about the Retail Sales Allocation methodology on Conduit.
Program Tools and Resources​
 
Utilities should always refer to the most current BPA Implementation Manual for specifications, documentation requirements, and current BPA reimbursement levels.
Contact​
 For more information please contact David Murphy, residential program manager, at demurphy@bpa.gov.