Your dishwasher uses considerable energy, especially in terms of hot water. If your dishwasher was manufactured before 1994, replacing it with an ENERGY STAR® qualified dishwasher could be a worthwhile investment. I have also listed below, ways your can use your Lakeville dishwasher more efficiently. Enjoy
Choose an efficient dishwasher
What to look for:
- ENERGY STAR certification. ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers use 10% less energy than the current models that meet the federal minimum standard for energy efficiency. Look up efficient models here.
- The yellow EnergyGuide label. Use this to compare energy use across different models.
- An “air dry” setting. This setting allows you to turn off the heat dry function of the dishwasher.
- The right size for your home. A standard model holds more place settings than a compact model, meaning fewer cycles and potentially greater savings for you.
- Multiple wash cycle selections. These may include a “light” or “energy-saving” cycle for dishes that are only slightly dirty. Some models even have a “soil-sensing” feature.
- A timer. This will help you run the dishwasher at a convenient time for you.
Added benefits: ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers typically use one-third less water than non-qualified models currently on the market. That amounts to four gallons of water per cycle versus six gallons.
Be smart about dishwashing
Why? Your dishwasher uses a great deal of energy, especially 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.
- 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® qualified dishwashers use less water than hand washing and can save you hundreds of hours per year.
Materials from www. minnesotaenergyresources.com/energyreports