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Energy Star Sets Criteria for Dishwashers

11/19/2008 9:46:14 AM

Tags: Energy Star, U.S. Department of Energy, dishwashers, water, energy efficiency

Dishwashers will soon be using less water now that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) changed the water use criteria for any such product bearing the Energy Star label. This is the first dishwasher-related change that Energy Star has ever made, and it could save American citizens more than $25 million in energy and water bills in the first six months it takes effect.

The changes will be made in two separate phases; one by Aug. 11, 2009 and the other by July 1, 2011. The first change will require Energy Star dishwashers to be at least 48 percent more efficient than federal standards require, saving more than 500 million gallons of water per year. The second will require dishwashers to be at least 13.5 percent more efficient than the previous restrictions, saving another 330 million gallons of water per year.

Please comment below and discuss any other ways that you and your family save water when washing dishes.

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1/5/2009 11:03:48 PM
My husband and I don't run water when doing dishes. We fill up one basin half way with hot water and soap and wash in that one and fill up the other with warm water and rinse in that one. This method lowered our water consumption by 5% in one month. Along with other changes we've cut our water usage in half in the last year.

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