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Water Ratings for Dishwashers and Washing Machines down the drain (temporarily) !

One of the reasons I put sokitt together was the irritation that, although the Aussie Government do a great job collecting energy and water ratings for appliances – for some bizarre reason, they fail to provide a interface that lets you compare the water rating AND energy rating of a specific washing machine or dishwasher.

That made it really frickin’ difficult to compare appliances if you care about water and electricity consumption. You have to check in energyrating.gov.au for the electrickery data and waterrating.gov.au for the water numbers.

I guess the reason is that water and electricity are covered by separate government departments and they each do their own thing and co-operating ain’t one of those things! The joys of bureaucracy – reminds me of my days at CSIRO….

So one of the things that sokitt does is scrape water ratings and water usage info from waterrating.gov.au and merge that with the data provided by energyrating.gov.au.

Last week I noticed that the IT dudes over at the water rating site have decided to scrap their HTML tables and go with JavaScript? Not sure why – but it broke our scraper.

So we’re working on a bot to get the data from the new tables (it is a lot more tricky than before from a technical point of view – but a piece of cake compared with navigating the Canberra corridors of power to actually get our water rating friends to provide the data in a nice user friendly format like the energy rating dudes do)

Anyway my point is that sorry, the dishwasher and clothes washer comparisons will be down until after xmas – but like Arnie says ‘they’ll be back!’

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