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. ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers are 10 percent more energy-efficient than the current models that meet the federal minimum standard for energy efficiency. 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.
Added benefits: ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers typically are 20 percent more water-efficient than non-certified models currently on the market.