The simple answer, says Christian Britschgi at Reason, is dishwashers take too long to wash dishes—nearly two-and-a-half hours, reported one survey in 2018. And that’s due to federal energy standards that President Trump tried to relax.
The Biden administration went back to the previous rules. Says Britschgi, those regulations “limit the amount of water and electricity that dishwashers use. Manufacturers have met those standards by building machines that recirculate less water over a longer wash cycle.”
Twenty percent of people surveyed use their dishwasher less than once a week, says Britschgi.
Yet frequent dishwashing by hand wastes more water and isn’t good for dishwasher sales. Procter & Gamble is running ads to persuade people to use their dishwasher every night.
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