Upgrade to an efficient dishwasher

Why? Your dishwasher can use considerable energy, especially in terms of hot water. If your dishwasher was manufactured before 1994, replacing it with an ENERGY STAR® certified dishwasher could be a worthwhile investment.
What to look for:
  • ENERGY STAR certification. Look up efficient models here.
  • The EnerGuide 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.
  • 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.
  • Wash zones. Some models have separate zones, so you can wash only the upper rack or only the lower rack.

Go the extra mile: Considering upgrading to a smart dishwasher? While smart dishwashers are energy efficient, some of the additional features include:

  • Detects leaks. Smart dishwashers can notify you if your dishwasher develops a leak.
  • Connects to a smart device. This feature allows you to start a dishwasher load wherever you are using your smartphone.
  • Automatically adjusts water and temperature. Certain models can detect how dirty your dishes are and adjust the amount of water and heat used accordingly during the cycle.

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Up-front costs: There is usually no cost difference between ENERGY STAR and standard models.