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.
Soil sensors test the degree of dirt on dishes throughout the wash and adjust the cycle to achieve optimum cleaning with minimal water and energy use.
Improved water filtration removes food soils from the wash water, allowing efficient use of detergent and water throughout the cycle. The final clean-water rinse helps clean dishes more thoroughly.
More efficient jets use less energy to spray detergent and water over the dishes when cleaning.
Innovative dish rack designs maximize cleaning by strategically situating the dishes.
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.
Trim your utility bills — If you have a dishwasher made before 1994, you're paying an extra $35 a year on your utility bills compared to owning a new ENERGY STAR-certified model. Replace one of these old dishwashers with ENERGY STAR and save enough money to pay for dishwasher detergent all year.
Save on water — A dishwasher built before 1994 wastes more than 10 gallons of water per cycle. A new, ENERGY STAR-certified dishwasher will save, on average, 3,870 gallons of water over its lifetime.