Attempting to Live a Sustainable Lifestyle in St. Louis

Environmentally friendly decisions are tough

Greeh Rehab: A $1400 high efficiency dishwasher? May 30, 2007

Filed under: Green Rehab,Kitchen — budint @ 9:20 pm

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When buying new appliances you have to consider the long-term cost of your purchase.

1. What is the operating cost e.g. water, electricity, detergent, wear on dishes?

2. What is the social cost of using a bunch of energy?

3. How long does the appliance last?

And these are balanced with:

1. What is the price of the unit?

2. How long will you live there?

First thought was to get the most efficient, longest lasting dishwasher on the market. That’s the Asko brand, made in Sweden. They’re super efficient.

Then you get the sticker shock: $1000-$1500. EEEEKKSSS!!!!!!!!!!

I can get a sweet Jenn Air or GE for $700. Are they really so much less efficient?

I’ll need to do the math on this, but at first glance from the Energy Star chart above I don’t see the cost even equaling out.

Any input on this would be great. Can I expect my ASKO to last for 20yrs? That might change my mind. Or am I just paying out the ASKO for a Swedish dishwasher?

EDIT: THERE’S A $100 REBATE THROUGH THE END OF JUNE. I HATE REBATES.