many of you rinse off dishes first before putting them
in the dishwasher?
to get out of cooking, I take care of cleaning up and
that involves loading the dishwasher, I am a rinser.
I don’t do it, any stray fleck of cheese is melted on
the surface of the plates, requiring additional surface
blasting to get the dishes clean.
you listen to the Home Appliance Manufacturers
Association, the latest Department of Energy regulations
to reduce dishwashers’ water and energy consumption
will have you washing dishes by hand to get them clean.
That would have my water company rubbing its hands
proposed standards, which will become effective in
January 2019, would require dishwashers to cut energy
use 24 percent and water use 38 percent, leaving 3.1
gallons of water to clean an entire load of dishes in a
normal wash cycle.
read through some of the Energy Department data. If
paper plates and plastic forks weren’t environmentally
questionable, as well, I’d invest in the companies
that make them.
I interpret the energy-conservation standards table on
the Energy Department website, standard dishwashers
manufactured after 2010 are limited to 6.5 gallons of
water per cycle, and those after 2013 to 5 gallons per
appears that 3.1 gallons per cycle is on the horizon
unless the manufacturers get their way and the Energy
Department modifies the new rules.
what the manufacturers are saying, the new dishwasher
standards may be about as water-saving as the early
low-flow toilets — flushing twice or three times to
clear them probably used more water than the 3.5-gallon
models they replaced.
toilets — we replaced the misfiring one in the master
bath two years ago — seem to have no problems, thus
have no opinion on the dishwasher issue. If you do, you
might contact the Energy Department through its website.
thing, however: It would be nice if they used language
consumers could understand.