Is an energy-efficient dishwasher worth the money?

  • Carolyn Cunningham
  • For the AJC
4:44 p.m Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 Business
ENERGY STAR-certified dishwashers use advanced technology such as soil sensors, improved water filtration, more efficient jets and innovative dish rack designs to help make the cost of a new dishwasher worth the money.

Are you in the market for a new dishwasher? If so, you’ve probably considered an energy-efficient one.

Costing an average of $550, according to lifehacker.com, newer dishwashers generally use 5.8 gallons of water per cycle instead of 10 gallons per cycle like some older models, even if you have a working older dishwasher there could be savings you’re missing out on.

Before investing in a new dishwasher, you may want to compare energy savings of different models by reviewing their yellow and black EnergyGuide labels provided by the federal government.

Here are some of reasons why an energy-efficient dishwasher might be a good idea:

Dishwasher technology has improved dramatically over the last decade, according to ENERGY STAR, a federal program that certifies consumer products that meet certain energy efficiency standards.

ENERGY STAR-certified dishwashers use advanced technology to get dishes clean while using less water and energy.

Standard-size dishwashers that have earned the ENERGY STAR are, on average, 12 percent more energy efficient and 30 percent more water efficient than standard models.

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