Knowing the ENERGY STAR, CEE, SEER, and EER rating meanings can make all the difference between wasting or saving electricity. 

Kiwi Energy wants to give you all the information you’re seeking about good energy efficiency ratings for household appliances so you can make the best choice for your home and the planet.

ENERGY STAR Meaning for Appliances

ENERGY STAR is a program created by the EPA and DOE. Its purpose is to give certain products an ENERGY STAR title if they meet or exceed standard appliance performance. However, they must use less energy to do so.

For example, an ENERGY STAR furnace is at least 15% more efficient than the minimum federal standard. Therefore, purchasing an appliance with the ENERGY STAR label means you’re getting a quality product that’s better for the environment and your utility bill.

CEE Rating Meaning for Appliances

A CEE (the Consortium of Energy Efficiency) rating is a set of voluntary energy performance tiers appliance manufacturers may choose to meet. A product that is highly rated by both ENERGY STAR and CEE is extremely energy-efficient, above-and-beyond minimum federal standards.

How Is CEE Measured?

The CEE tiers measure and rate appliances according to:

  • Per unit savings above the preceding tier
  • New heights of efficiency and performance 

What Is a Good CEE?

The higher the CEE tier, the more efficient the appliance:

  • CEE Tier 1: To meet this level, a product must qualify as an ENERGY STAR product. 
  • CEE Tiers 2, 3, and 4: Meeting these levels means a product is more efficient than ENERGY STAR’S minimum requirements.
  • CEE Advanced Tier: This means a product meets ENERGY STAR’S Most Efficient ranking.