We’re researching a dishwasher and Energy Star is the place we start, and really for any appliance or electronics purchase. In the case of dishwashers, it lays out energy usage and water loads very simply.
If you’re a brand considering exiting the program, you don’t exist to us. And there’s data from the EPA that shows you’re doing all of us a favor,
“The Energy Star program, which began in 1992, has prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of carbon pollution and saved consumers about $230 billion over the past 20 years, according to the EPA.”
I can understand the concern when it comes to certain third-party audits and certifications, but to threaten an exit is just silly.
Energy Star May Lose Electronics Makers After Rules Change – Bloomberg.
I think we’ve crossed the chasm. We’ve been without a microwave for several months now and I’m confident we’re not looking back. Jen sent me this piece on Mother Nature Network listing some pros and cons. The biggest challenge, though 1stworld-ish, might be the dishes stacking up because we use more pots for warming.
Again, not a huge issue, unless you also don’t own a dishwasher..like us. That probably won’t be long-term though — it was mostly driven by some ideas we had about renovating the kitchen. The other thing we use for heating things up is the sun oven. It takes a bit longer, but you just have to plan ahead a bit and give yourself a few more minutes. And don’t forget zero electricity..a big one if you’re keeping tabs on your usage.