View single post by Keinokuorma
 Posted: Tue Mar 4th, 2008 12:56 am
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Of course it is just a lab tested (or assumed) value... like they do with dishwashers etc... they give you information like gallons of water per cycle, and energy per cycle... especially the energy part depends on how cold the intake water is... how cold the dishes are, how many dishes you load...

There's no way for them to know how exactly your appliances are installed, ventilated etc... how cold your intake water is for the DW, how wet your clothes are when you load them in the dryer, how cold the intake air is, how long the vent is etc... they can assume some likely situation and test it in the lab, but they aren't likely to come up with anyone's specific situation.

Well, in my home I get mostly lukewarm or scalding hot water (lukewarm, like you can well take showers with cold water only, and scalding hot, like really steaming).

So when I installed my DW, it said in the manual that the maximum temp for intake water is 60 centigrades, for the sake of the internal softener, apparently. So I thought, lukewarm still saves some energy, compared to real chilly water (like they get in my mom's apartment for example). I mostly drink beer and bottled water anyway, so I don't really mind the water being lukewarm. It's OK for the coffee maker too, for an obvious reason.

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