Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM)

AHAM is the trade association of the home appliance manufacturing industry. Its members include the manufacturers of “major,” “portable,” and “floor care” home appliances and the companies who supply and service these manufacturers.

AHAM is also an EPA-approved certification body for the ENERGY STAR® program, operating several product verification programs

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – Bureau of Consumer Protection

The FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection enforces laws that protect consumers against unfair or deceptive practices. The FTC is required to prescribe labeling rules for residential appliances. The Department of Energy (DOE) and FTC share responsibility for labeling commercial equipment. The Energy Labeling Rule requires manufacturers of certain appliances to disclose a product’s annual energy cost or efficiency information — based on DOE test procedures — on EnergyGuide labels, and to report their findings to the FTC.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

The DOE and the Buildings Technologies Office set minimum energy efficiency standards for approximately 50 categories of appliances and equipment used in homes, businesses, and other applications, as required by existing law.


ENERGY STAR® is a joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE). Its goal is to help consumers, businesses, and industry save money and protect the environment through the adoption of energy efficient products and practices. The ENERGY STAR label identifies top-performing, cost-effective products, homes, and buildings.