Energy Star Dishwashers

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Energy Star Dishwashers

Pick an eco friendly dishwasher the next time you buy. Follow these easy tips to select a good one and save energy in the kitchen.

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As you save energy in your kitchen, you'll want to consider Energy Star Dishwashers as part of your overall energy savings plan. It's a pretty common myth that it takes less energy to hand wash your dishes than it does to use a dishwasher, but that's actually not completely true.

Most manufactures offer Energy Star Rebate programs. Just search their site for a rebate program and find out which one suits you best.

Dishwashers can be just as efficient as washing dishes by hand when used properly. Before we talk about buying Energy Star dishwashers, let's go over some ways that you can make your current unit more effective.

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Energy Star Dishwashers

Try To Wash Only Full Loads
    First, only wash full loads. Unlike washing machines, there is not typically a selection for the size of a load on a dishwasher. That means that your machine uses as much energy for a few items as it does for a full load. Use energy wisely buy only running your unit when it's full.
    Second, turn off the heat-dry feature on your unit. You'll save a lot of energy by allowing your dishes to air dry. You also probably don't need to use the pre-rinse feature very often, so keep that turned off as well.
    If you would like to save even more on the dishwashing cycle, consider eliminating the pre-rinse cycle of your machine. Just scrape as much of the food off the dishes as possible before loading up. With today's detergents and the Energy Star equipped dishwashers available today, you don't even need the pre-rinse cycle.
Washing Dishes By Hand Costs A Lot More

Washing dishes by hand uses a LOT more water than using a dishwasher. If you utilize an Energy Star Dishwasher in lieu of handwashing you can save up to 5,000 gallons of water per year, $40.00 per year in utility costs and 230 hours of your time.

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Buy An Energy Star Rated Dishwasher

When it comes time to purchase a new unit, consider only looking at Energy Star Dishwashers, as they can save up to $30 a year in electricity costs.  If you own your machine for 15 years, that's a $450 savings which isn't anything to sneeze at.

You can visit Energy Star for a list of all Energy Star dishwashers that are currently on the market. This is a great place to look before you even begin your search for a new unit as you'll have a good idea about which machines are the most energy efficient before head out to the store. Buying a machine that that meets these criteria will really help with saving energy at home

Look For the Energy Star Label
Energy Star

The most important item that you'll want to pay attention to is the Energy Star rating of any unit that you are considering purchasing. This rating will tell you how many kilowatt hours that a specific unit uses each year.

It will also give you an approximate cost to run based on the national average of cost per kilowatt hour. Your cost may be different, depending on what you actually pay per kWh (kilowatt hour). If you want to figure out what a specific until will cost you to run, it's simple to figure out.

Another thing that is very important when considering an energy star dishwasher is the amount of water the unit uses per cycle. A non-Energy Star rated unit uses about 6 gallons of water per cycle, while an Energy Star rated will use 1/3 less or about 4 gallons.

If you use your dishwasher just once per day that is a savings of 2 gallons per day or about 730 gallons of fresh water per year. As you can see, the savings really start to add up!

Look at a recent electric bill to see what you are being charged per kWh for electricity. Then multiply that number by the number on the energy star rating form that's attached to the unit that you are considering. For example, an Amana side-by-side model uses 577 kWh/year. If you pay 8 cents per kWh, this unit would cost you about $46.16 to run each year.

Drawer Dishwasher

Small Households May Want To Consider A Drawer Dishwasher

Consider A Drawer-Type Dishwasher For A Small Household

If you live in a small household, you may want to consider purchasing a double drawer dishwasher that is also Energy Star compliant. Kenmore Elite has one of these units available and they are a great option for people who like having the convenience of a dishwasher, but don't necessarily have enough dirty dishes to warrant running theirs very often.

Drawer Dishwasher

You Can Use Just One Drawer Of a 2-Drawer Dishwasher to Save Energy

A double drawer unit will allow you to use just one drawer for small loads. You can also use both drawers when you have a large load to wash. It offers the best of both worlds and these new dishwashing units come in the same size as a typical machine, ensuring that it will fit into the space that you already have allocated.

Just make sure that you are paying close attention to the Energy Star rating of the unit that you purchase.

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