Upgrade to an efficient dishwasher
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.