This is the last year when you will be able to buy a dishwasher that uses 6.5 gallons per load. The regulators are cutting this to 5 gallons next year.
There will be new regulations on energy usage, too.
This is from my friend Jeff Tucker.
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.
Why do this? Why, water consumption. This will save water.
Right. 1.5 gallons per day per family.
How the heck can the regulators get away with this? You really want to know? Here’s the answer that the Department of Energy cites: “7 U.S.C. 7701–7772 and 7781–7786; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3. Section 301.75–15 issued under Sec. 204, Title II, Public Law 106–113, 113 Stat. 1501A–293; sections 301.75–15 and 301.75–16 issued under Sec. 203, Title II, Public Law 106–224, 114 Stat. 400 (7 U.S.C. 1421 note).”
He says this is merely the final blow.
And this is only a few years after the regulators made two additional changes that degrade the value of the dishwasher. They required that dishwasher soap stop using phosphates, and hence the soap scum stays on the dishes and doesn’t get whisked away by this natural chemical. The only real way to get dishes clean in many water environments is to add your own. Plus, with the default setting on hot water heaters at a tepid 120 degrees, the water isn’t hot enough to really clean, unless you have taken the time to hack your heater.
You can buy detergent with phosphates, but you have to buy a lot of it in one order. A rival brand, also good, is Bubble Bandit. Bubble Bandit comes in smaller packets. A packet would make a good Christmas present.
You want to see the difference? Click this: scumless.
The regulators are also after clothes washers.
As you continue to ponder the implications of a government that is directly targeting your domestic quality of life for destruction, consider this parallel legislation: “Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Clothes Washers FR 77 32308.” This one won’t go into effect until March 7, 2015. So you have two and half years of somewhat clean clothes. After that, it’s pigpen.
It took me hours to dig through the details of this regulation that has been batted around since 2008, but here is the upshot.
Washing machine will become “Washington machines,” useless and heavy steel squares that are more expensive than their predecessor that actually washed clothes. Built by government dictate, Washington machines can’t use much more energy than a wristwatch. Amazing. Infuriating.
This is going to create a strong market for used washing machines. My wife uses an old top-loading (i.e., no stink) Maytag, which were good machines Way Back When. She bought it cheap a decade ago. It replaced the used Maytag she bought in 1977.