July 25th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
I learned a lot today about dishwashers.
The first thing I learned is that 24″ wide is a standard width.
The second thing I learned is that a smaller dishwasher doesn’t automatically mean smaller energy or water usage. Most of the 18″ dishwashers that I found actually used more water than the 24″ dishwashers.
The third thing I learned was that dishwashers displaying the blue Energy Star seal will usually use at least 41% less energy than the Federal minimum requirement for energy consumption.
The last thing I learned was that dishwashers are expensive! How am I ever going to choose?
I found a link on the EPA website that breaks down each model my its’ energy use and water use, the problem is that it doesn’t list years models and some of the 2010 or 2009 models can no longer be purchased. The second problem is once I found a unit I liked, was water and energy efficient – it was outside of my shoestring budget. After analyzing all of this information the lowest consumption of all models was 150 kwh/year and 2.1 gallons of water per cycle. The worst was over 5.8 gallons per load and 324 kwh/year so the range was huge, this range is only those that qualify for Energy Star. Units built before 1994 use a minimum of 10 gallons per cycle. That’s crazy talk.
I decided that I would look for the best I could for under $450 and go with that one. After extensive research and mental toil I walked into Parr Cabinet Outlet and saw a stainless steel, Energy Star, Frigidaire dishwasher from a model home for only $95.00. That’s a great deal. Here are the facts on this unit:
Here is all the awesome thing it does:
Fits-More™ Capacity (This is awesome because you can get more dishes into the dishwasher in one load)
Our large capacity, tall-tub dishwasher fits up to 14 place settings so you can wash even more at once.
Quiet Dishwasher (This is important so that you choose to use your dishwasher instead of handwashing)
A quiet performance every time.
Delay Start (This is fabulous because you can set your dishwasher to run during non-peak energy times)
Set your dishwasher to run on your schedule.
ENERGY STAR® Qualified
I found the water usage specification….. it’s not good…. it’s 5.6 gallons per load. This is a major rainy downpour on my great deal parade!
After a few minutes of reflection, I decided that my pocketbook will win this round. I could really use this savings on my budget’s bottom line since everything else this far has been over budget.
Long last. I have a new dishwasher! Now I have to decide if I’m going to keep it for myself or put it downstairs…. time will tell….