Effective July 27, 2021, all commercial dishwashers sold with the ENERGY STAR label will have to meet new, more stringent guidelines and testing requirements set by the ENERGY STAR program, a joint program between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.
It’s been almost 10 years since the last update to ENERGY STAR requirements for commercial dishwashers were released. In that time, Hobart has made big advancements in technology that improve the energy efficiency of commercial dishmachines, from energy recovery technology that recycles heat into the booster, to wash systems designed for peak performance while using less water and energy. The new requirements take these advancements into consideration, and give consumers confidence that when they purchase an ENERGY STAR rated commercial dishwasher they are getting a product that meets updated standards for energy savings.
What to Expect from ENERGY STAR 3.0
The new ENERGY STAR 3.0 criteria was developed through several rounds of webinars, stakeholder meetings and draft documents, with input from stakeholders across the industry, including a committee from ASTM International.
The new requirements include:
- Lower limits for idle energy consumption.
- New criteria that set limits for washing energy consumption.
- Water consumption limits remain the same.
- Recognition of products with heat recovery technology.
- Adjustment for primary hot water heater savings.
- Alignment with updated industry test methods (defined by ASTM), terms and definitions.
While there is no national requirement to purchase an appliance that is ENERGY STAR rated, some states have adopted regulations based on ENERGY STAR efficiency requirements. With these standards in place, states can decrease energy use, save consumers and business money, and reduce greenhouse gases and other pollutants. Click here to see if your state has adopted these guidelines.
Making a Positive Impact on the Environment
According to ENERGY STAR, if all commercial dishwashers were ENERGY STAR certified to version 3.0 standards, more than 4.3 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented. Hobart is doing our part by updating and testing all our dishmachine models to meet the new ENERGY STAR 3.0 requirements. All new Hobart branded, recirculating electric dishmachines meet the new standards (ENERGY STAR does not certify gas and steam units) and can help operators save 17% or more over older, non-ENERGY STAR recognized models from improved energy consumption and performance.
For 14 consecutive years, Hobart has earned recognition as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, the nation’s highest honor for energy efficiency, and complying with these new standards is part of Hobart’s longstanding commitment to delivering on high standards of efficiency across all of our dishmachine lines. Foodservice operators will find Hobart Base, Ventless and Advansys™ models across our entire portfolio of commercial dishwashers that meet the new standards.
For a complete list of ENERGY STAR certified commercial dishwashers, click here to visit the ENERGY STAR commercial dishwashers website, which also has a tool to help you find possible rebates in your area.
Contact your Hobart dealer or sales representative for a free cost of operations audit to see how much a new Hobart dishmachine can save over your older equipment.