DOE Sets More Stringent Criteria for Energy Star Dishwashers

March 2, 2006

DOE announced on March 2nd that more stringent energy efficient criteria for dishwashers carrying the Energy Star label will go into effect on January 1st, 2007. To meet the new criteria, dishwashers must be at least 41 percent more efficient than federal energy efficiency standards. The new criteria could save U.S. families more than $26 million a year and will save more than 160 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year. The Energy Star program is a joint effort of DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Energy Star label appears on more than 40 kinds of consumer products. See the DOE press release and the Energy Star Web site.