Upgrade to an efficient dishwasher
Your dishwasher uses considerable energy, especially in terms of hot water. An ENERGY STAR® dishwasher uses less than half as much energy as washing dishes by hand and saves more than 5,000 gallons of water each year.
What to look for:
- ENERGY STAR certification. Buying an ENERGY STAR model can save you on average 5% on energy costs and 15% on water costs above a standard model. These ENERGY STAR models achieve savings by utilizing efficient technologies such as soil sensors, improved water filtration systems, efficient jets, and innovative dish rack designs. Look up efficient models here.
- The yellow EnergyGuide label. Use this to compare energy use across different models.
- An "air dry" setting. This setting allows you to turn off the heat dry function of the dishwasher.
- The right size for your home. A standard model holds more place settings than a compact model, meaning fewer cycles and potentially greater savings for you.
- Multiple wash cycle selections. These may include a "light" or "energy-saving" cycle for dishes that are only slightly dirty. Some models even have a "soil-sensing" feature.
- A timer. This will help you run the dishwasher at a convenient time for you.
ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers typically are 15% more water efficient than non-certified models currently on the market.