Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Dishwashers
The U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this request for information (``RFI'') to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for consumer dishwashers. As part of this RFI, DOE seeks comment on whether there have been changes in product testing methodology or new products on the market since the last test procedure update that may create the need to make amendments to the test procedure for dishwashers. Specifically, DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to propose that the current test procedure produces results that are representative of an average use cycle for the product and is not unduly burdensome to conduct, and therefore does not need amendment. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has also gathered data, identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedures on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern consumer usage patterns; appropriate testing conditions and methods; efficiency metrics; and any additional topics that may inform DOE's decision whether to conduct a future test procedure rulemaking. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI).