If You Need a New Dishwasher, Get One SoonPosted by on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Most new laws are unnecessary. There is a presidential debate tonight that will purport to tackle tough issues. But, nobody is ever talking about why the government feels the need to ruin EVERYTHING. There are tons of good quotes in this article about how the government is ruining your appliances.
The regulation in question is “Energy Conservation Standards for Dishwasher, 77 FR 31918.” You can spend the day reading the history’s most obtuse bureaucratese, complete with legislative history and technical detail, along with testimony for and against and the Department of Energy’ final judgement. Or you can just internalize my summary: get used to hand washing your dishes. As of May 2013, dishwasher manufacturers are not going to be allowed to make or sell a machine that works.
The excuse is energy and water conservation of course. The presumption is that consumers and manufacturers have no interest whatsoever in saving energy and water even though everyone pays for both and, for the most part, our usage determines what we pay. The reason that companies and consumers have not adopted the new standards on their own is that they are incompatible with clean dishes.
There’s a pretty good chance that your current dishwasher using 6.5. gallons in a load. In the future, only 5 gallons of water can be used in the course of washing dishes. Maybe the manufacturers can ramp up the intensity of spray? Think again: new “energy efficiency” standards require that they use even less energy. Less energy plus less water equals dirty dishes. Plus, the new energy standards will substantially increase the cost of the appliance, taking it out of the affordability range for elderly people and the poor.
So, in other words, if you need a dishwasher, go get one soon. May 2013 is right around the corner. In the meantime, I might go buy some trisodium phosphate.
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