On average, U.S. households run their dishwashers about 4 times per week, for a total of over 200 times per year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers can help you save money, energy and water with every load.
Save Money, Energy and Water with an ENERGY STAR Certified Dishwasher
Most of the energy used by dishwashers is used for heating water. Today’s ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers are much more efficient than older models – on average, about 5% more energy efficient and 15% more water efficient than non-certified models. They offer innovative features that reduce energy and water consumption and improve performance:
- Soil sensors – test how dirty dishes are throughout the wash and adjust the cycle accordingly
- Improved water filtration – removes food soils from the wash water
- More efficient jets – require less energy but still cover your dishes with detergent and water effectively
- Dish rack designs – new innovations allow for a more efficient way of laying out your dishes, cups and silverware
If you’re using an ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher, you’re already saving on energy costs. However, here are some other tips you can use to maximize your savings when doing the dishes:
- Wash only full loads – Dishwashers use the same amount of water whether they are half full or completely full.
- Scrape, don’t rinse – Rinsing dishes prior to putting them in the dishwasher can waste up to 10 gallons of water per load. Newer dishwashers are designed for thorough cleaning, so scrape the food off and throw dishes right into the dishwasher.
- Select the no-heat drying option – It will take a little longer to dry, but will reduce your dishwasher’s energy usage.
For More Information
For more information on ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers and to find a list of certified models, visit the ENERGY STAR website.