According to a Consumer Reports article, starting January 20, 2012, Energy Star is changing its requirements. In order for dishwashers to qualify for the Energy Star rating, they’ll have to be 9 percent more energy efficient and use 27 percent less water than the current standards.
In the meantime, appliance retailers will continue to stock and sell these soon-to-be downgraded models. Shoppers will have to do some research to find out if the dishwasher they plan to buy will still be considered energy efficient under the new standards. A spokesperson for Energy Star says consumers can visit www.energystar.gov for a full listing of qualifying models.
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