Be smart about dishwashing
Your dishwasher uses most of its energy, for heating water. There are several steps you can take starting today — with no up-front investment — to reduce your hot water bills associated with dishwashing.
- Run full loads. The dishwasher uses the same amount of energy whether it's full or half-full.
- Air-dry. Instead of using the "heat dry" function of your washer, air-dry your dishes or towel them off. If your washer does not have a special setting to turn off the "heat dry" function, simply open the dishwasher and/or press cancel when it reaches this stage. Air-drying can save 15-50% on energy use.
- Avoid special cycles. Avoid using rinse-hold and pre-rinse features, which increase the amount of energy and water the dishwasher uses.
- Wipe instead of rinse. If your dishes have excess food on them, scrape off the debris instead of rinsing it off before putting them in the dishwasher to save on hot water costs. Modern dishwashers are powerful enough to clean your dishes without your having to rinse them in the sink beforehand.
- Save time and energy. Don't fall into the habit of hand washing instead of machine washing. ENERGY STAR® certified dishwashers use less water than hand washing and can save you hundreds of hours per year.