Anyway, the $800 Whirlpool Gold we replaced it with was a peice of junk and its Energy Star rating was a joke. We had to basically wash the dishes before they went in and then we had to heat the water going into the unit by running the faucet until the water was hot (per the manual!). Our water bill actually went up $5 a month. We got rid of that dishwasher and replaced it with a $2k Miele, which works fine, but we have to scrape the food which we didn’t have to do with the old Kenmore.
Programmable thermostats are great, but are useless if someone is home all day. The main point is to set the temperature at an energy-saving setting when noone is home; however, the author is home all day so I can see her point. Also, we installed a programmable thermostat. I do love it and all the settings, but it is currently useless to us since one of us is home all day long; there’s no reason to program it right now.
Although electricity prices in the aren't cheap some countries have it much worse. In this article I'm going compare internationally to look at who is paying more $/kWh for their energy. I’ve gathered some numbers and crunched a little data to see who is really paying a lot for their power. For my neighbour here in the USA I’ll add a bit more data at the end.