Dishwasher Energy-Saving Tips

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Save money in energy by using the dishwasher’s no-heat drying cycle.  This energy-saver cycle may be called an econo, super-saver or energy-saver setting, but most dishwashers have one, even basic models.

After the dishwasher rinse cycle, there’s usually plenty of heat in the dishwasher to air-dry the dishes and cutlery, without using any additional heating.  An econo or short washing cycle is another way to save energy using a dishwasher.

Another drying option is to open the dishwasher door slightly right after the rinse cycle.  This will stop the dishwasher drying cycle and dishes will air dry.  You may have to wipe dry the odd piece of cutlery, but the energy savings are worth it.  Using a rinse agent in the dishwasher is recommended to leave your dishes spotless.

If your dishwasher has a delay start setting and you are on time-of-use (TOU) energy rates, set it to wash dishes later in the day when rates are lower.  This will help to reduce your electricity bills.

Best Dishwasher Energy Efficiency Features if Upgrading:

  • Energy Star qualified
  • CEE Tier Certification – best energy efficient rating
  • Delay start – if on timed energy rates
  • Short or econo wash – to conserve water
  • Econo or no-heat drying cycle


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