DOE repeals illegal dishwasher rule


WASHINGTON – The Department of Energy today announced plans to close a loophole for dishwashers, washers and dryers that has opened the door to wasted water and energy without hinders. In October 2020, the agency exempted some new dishwashers – those with a default wash and dry cycle of less than 60 minutes – from efficiency standards by unnecessarily creating a new category exempt from any economy requirements. water or energy. Two months later, the agency also created non-standard “quick cycle” product categories for washing machines and dryers.

The NRDC has opposed these new classes as brazen attempts to illegally lower the efficiency standards of these products were filed and filed a lawsuit in December 2020 to challenge the dishwasher rule.

The following is a statement from NRDC energy efficiency advocate Joe Vukovich:

“Restoring long-standing energy and water efficiency standards for dishwashers, washers and dryers will ensure consumers continue to have access to efficient products, saving them money on utility bills while simultaneously avoiding pollution caused by global warming.

“The creation of the short-cycle dishwasher product class was part of the reckless dismantling of standards at all costs by the Trump administration. Ignoring Congress’ clear ban on weakening standards was a threat to the entire efficiency standards program. Closing these loopholes is just common sense. “


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