Department of Energy Rolls Back Obama’s Dishwasher Restrictions
President Donald Trump has scored a win against regulations that limit how much water a dishwasher can use—but those reforms could get scrubbed away by President-elect Joe Biden.
In October, Trump’s Department of Energy finalized a rule establishing a new product class for residential dishwashers that will have a normal cycle time of up to one hour and that can use five gallons of water per cycle. Those rules effectively roll back an Obama-era rule limiting standard dishwashers to use no more than 3.1 gallons of water per cycle.
That limit forced dishwasher companies to adjust their products’ cycle lengths. And the supposedly more efficient but less useful dishwashers have been a punchline at Trump’s rallies for years.
“Anybody have a new dishwasher?” Trump asked the audience at a rally in January. “I’m sorry for that, it’s worthless. They give you so little water….You end up using it 10 times…then you take them out and do them the old-fashioned way, right?”
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