.....the appliance industry is pushing against proposed new federal regulations that would limit dishwasher water usage to 3.1 gallons per cycle from the current 5--and from the pre-2012 6.5. Now speaking as a guy who routinely runs the dishwasher on "rinse & hold" before a full "tough" cycle with all the bells and whistles in an effort to get dishes clean, I've got just one thing to say.
It's about time somebody pushed back.
Part of the fun is that the DOE is estimating that dishwashers will last an average of 20 years (2-3x longer than they actually last), and that the industry will keep jobs while producing 35% fewer dishwashers. Good luck with that logic. Independent examination of the DOE proposal indicates that 70% of users would actually use more energy because they'd have to do a lot more hand washing.
As patriarch of a large family, I'd guess it's even worse than that. We do a lot of hand washing simply because the dishwasher takes four hours to run. Given that a shower is 20 gallons, I really don't see why the dishwasher needs to be below ten. Clean dishes in an hour or two are worth it.
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