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Hot Tub Manufacturers, Dealers and Installers Doing Business in California – Reminder of June 1, 2019 compliance date for Title 20 appliance efficiency rule updates pertaining to portable electric spas and inflatable spas


In 2018, the California Energy Commission (CEC) proposed updates to the appliance efficiency rules (Title 20) pertaining to portable electric spas as well as inflatable spas. The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) worked with manufacturer members to submit comments to the CEC throughout the rulemaking process. The final result was regulations that would improve the efficiency standards for standard spas, exercise spas, and combination spas manufactured on or after June 1, 2019 and add a new efficiency standard for inflatable spas manufactured on or after June 1, 2019. The regulations maintained the existing scope - covering standard spas, exercise spas, combination spas, and inflatable spas.

Although the updated regulations adopted the ANSI/APSP/ICC-14, American National Standard for Portable Electric Spa Energy Efficiency, 2014 edition, it did so along with amendments to the APSP-14 test procedure [see Section 1604(g)(2)(B)]. The updated Title 20 rule also provides the following:

  • Adds definitions for the subgroups of portable electric spas to enable implementation of the updated test methods and standby power standard.
  • Institutes a label requirement for all portable electric spas manufactured on or after June 1, 2019.
  • Modifies the data submittal requirements to collect information that is needed to confirm compliance with these requirements.

As previously reported by PHTA, the Title 20 rule update went into effect October 1, 2018, but manufacturers did not have to comply with the new requirements until June 1, 2019. PHTA is reminding its members of the recent compliance date and encourages you to access additional information on the Title 20 updates via the following links:


Any questions please contact Regan Ratliff.