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#1 Jan 12, 2009
What's the point in getting a state of the art appliance? The Look! Families across America pay outregious bills to lunch or dine out when they can buy chef's delights meals, heat'm up in the privacy of their homes and still enjoy a homemade sandwich with leftover Blondie's husband style.
#2 Jan 12, 2009
Today new appliances like refrigerators, washers and stoves are designed to fail and need very expensive service years before the old ones would have had their first problem.
In an effort to be green we have reduced the size of the motors to the point where they and the drive systems are on the brink of burning up during normal use, instead of having a comfortable margin that can accommodate everything from heavy loads to hot days. We save electricity, but have to buy new ones every few years. Landfill operators love us because we give them lots of business.
In order to look modern we abandoned all the mechanical controls that were the result of 50 years of continuous improvement and replaced them with touch pads and computerized boards that are delicate, very expensive and often contain serious design flaws that shorten their lives. The appliance once cost a few hundred dollars, now the parts you need to replace after a few years cost a few hundred dollars,(if they still have them in stock).
In order to save water washers and are designed to work with so little water that many just don’t get clothes clean unless you wash and rinse them twice; boy does that say water…yea right. The newer designs leak more often and are great at growing mold, but we gladly pay more for them so we can say we’re green. It’s certainly now so we can say we save $12 worth of water every year by spending $500 more for the machine.
But just in case you forgot let me remind you why we passed all those laws that made impossible for companies to continue making the old reliable appliances that you once could pass down from generation to generation. We wanted to force the companies that make them be green. Never mind whether it was possible for them to meet our stupid and unrealistic goals, WE MADE THEM DO IT, and look what it got us.
Remember that next time you hear people DEMAND we force automotive manufactures to make high mileage GREEN vehicles. It’s often a lot easier to demand change than it is to live with the result.
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