Buying a Dishwasher

When buying a new dishwasher, consider the following:

  • Low Water Use. Some ENERGY STAR models use half as much water as others, saving hundreds of gallons of water each year, but to find the most water-efficient model you have to look at the manufacturer's information to gauge water efficiency. In some states, electric and water utilities offer rebates for the purchase of models that are exceptionally efficient.
  • Wash Cycle Options. Most dishwashers have several different wash cycle selections. The more options you have, the better you can tailor the energy and water use needed for a particular load. Some dishwashers on the market today use “soil sensor” technology to automatically adjust water use depending on how dirty the dishes are in each load. 
  • Energy-Saving “No-Heat” Dry. An electric heating element is generally used to dry dishes at the end of the final rinse cycle, consuming about 7% of dishwasher energy use. Most new dishwashers offer an energy-saving no-heat drying feature.

You can find ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers by using the search here.
Learn more at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy