Climate Change Advocates Now Setting Sights On Dishwashers

You know how liberals within the government decided to go after gas stoves? I hope you didn’t think they would actually stop there, because guess what? The Department of Energy has now unveiled a more strict set of energy and water efficiency standards for dishwashers on Friday, which consumers are going to be less than thrilled about, according to a report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute said.

Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of Energy, is, of course, stating that these brand new standards will save Americans a total of $652 million on their utility bills while “mitigating harmful carbon polluting.”

“This Administration is using all of the tools at our disposal to save Americans money while promoting innovations that will reduce carbon pollution and combat the climate crisis,” Sec. Granholm went on to say in a statement praising the appliance standards.

According to TheBlaze, “By 2027, ordinary household dishwashers would have to use 27% less power and 34% less water in their default cycles under the proposed rules, Bloomberg reported. The agency estimates the change will cost consumers $15 on the front end of a dishwasher purchase, but say consumers would save thrice that on the back end with decreased operating costs over the lifetime of the machine.”

Well, that’s the theory they’re pushing anyway.

However, the issue is that when consumers who are displeased with the cleanliness of their dishes after having run a normal cycle, might end up choosing to run the dishes through twice. Or, heaven forbid, wash their dishes by hand, which is way less efficient when it comes to the amount of water being used.

Wash dishes by hand? People still do that? What is this? The days of Laura Ingles Wilder? Are we going back using a horse and buggy?

“In addition to the proposed regulations for dishwashers, the document also set its sights on electric motors and beverage vending machines. The Competitive Enterprise Institute, an organization that promotes regulatory reform, calls the DOE’s dishwasher proposal ‘the most anti-consumer of them all,'” TheBlaze said.

“Further, CEI says the move violates the statute under which the agency derives its appliance standard-setting authority: namely, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 that forbids it from to place energy efficiency over product performance, choice, and features,” the report added.

The new rules from the DOE wold also lower the limits on the amount of water and energy a dishwasher can use for a default cycle. As of this writing, the limit is 5 gallons of water per cycle. This would be reduced down to 3.2 gallons.

However, according to a report from Fox Business, most dishwasher currently on the market already use 3.5 gallons or less.

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers has revealed that using the DOE’s own cost estimates has revealed that the new compliance standards will end up costing companies a whopping $2.5 billion. That’s a lot of change.

“President Biden revoked a Trump-era deregulatory measure that created a ‘short-cycle’ category for cycles that took an hour or less. Those manufacturers were not saddled with the meeting the existing efficiency standards, as Reason explained. The Biden administration jettisoned that measure in 2022. Now, the energy efficiency rules are even more strict,” the report concluded.

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