Responding to a petition from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), the Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a new rulemaking related to the problem of slow dishwasher cycle times. In March 2018, CEI petitioned DOE to address this problem, which resulted from government regulations supposedly aimed at increasing energy efficiency.
CEI’s petition argues these regulations have harmed consumers, wasting huge amounts of people’s time and making life miserable for families. The average dishwasher cycle today is more than 2 hours, while decades ago it was one hour.
CEI attorney Devin Watkins said:
“CEI’s petition, for dishwashers that benefit consumers by cleaning fast and well, was supported by an avalanche of comments from individual Americans who were fed up with today’s slow, lousy models. This situation is the result of government so-called ‘efficiency’ rules that, over the years, have more than doubled the time that dishwashers take to operate.
“The Department of Energy today granted our petition to improve its dishwasher regulations. We hope that its newly-announced rulemaking proceeding will end up improving consumer choice, allowing people to purchase dishwashers that clean quickly and well. We thank the Department for listening to the voices of those whom the agency should serve—consumers.”