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More Efficient Dishwashers Estimated to Save Consumers over $26 Million Annually

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced more stringent energy efficient criteria for dishwashers carrying the ENERGY STAR® label that could save America families more than $26 million a year.  The new ENERGY STAR® criteria will also bring tax credits for the production of energy efficient appliances to manufacturers under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005).

"These new ENERGY STAR® requirements will enable consumers to improve energy efficiency at home while also saving on their electricity bill," said Douglas L. Faulkner, Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  "The president's energy policy promotes cleaner, more efficient technologies, and the ENERGY STAR® program is an integral part of making energy-saving products available to American consumers."

Dishwashers that meet the new ENERGY STAR® criteria must be a minimum of 41 percent more efficient than federal energy efficiency standards, and will save over 160 million kWh (kilowatt hours) of energy per year, enough to light every household in Washington, D.C., for six months.

The new qualifying levels will go into effect on January 1, 2007, and dishwashers that meet the criteria will be eligible for manufacturer tax credits under EPAct 2005.

The ENERGY STAR® label appears on more than 40 kinds of consumer products.  To learn more about ENERGY STAR®, visit  http://www.energystar.gov/ or call 1-888-STAR-YES.

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Chris Kielich, 202/586-5806