Good News for Consumers on Dishwashers

After reviewing appliance industry data, the U.S. Department of Energy has decided not to tighten the limits on energy and water requirements for residential dishwashers. The decision came after AHAM successfully demonstrated to DOE the severe adverse impact the proposed limits would have had, including dirty dishes, more expensive dishwashers, and challenges for manufacturers. 

In its Nov. 22 final determination, DOE stated “the secretary has determined that the benefits of energy savings, positive net present value of consumer benefits, and emission reductions of more stringent standards are outweighed by the economic burden on over half of dishwasher consumers. Furthermore, the impacts on manufacturers, including the conversion costs and profit margin impacts, could result in a large reduction in industry net present value. Therefore, DOE has determined not to amend the energy conservation standards for residential dishwashers.” 

Although DOE’s final determination works best for manufacturers and consumers, AHAM will continue to work with DOE and Congress on reforms to ensure appropriate stakeholder input is fully considered before further rules are proposed.