Buy the Best Energy-Efficient Dishwasher

How to buy an energy efficient dishwasher.


| September/October 2007


New, efficient dishwashers use less hot water, have energy-efficient motors, and use sensors to determine wash cycle length and water temperature. So how do you choose a new one?

1. Seek out the Energy Star logo. Dishwashers that meet the newly improved 2007 Energy Star criteria are at least 41 percent more efficient than federal energy efficiency standards. Some Energy Star dishwashers qualify for federal tax credits.

2. Think small. The bigger the dishwasher, the more water and power it uses. Unless you have a large family or go through a lot of dishes daily, choose a smaller, less expensive model.

3. Shorten the cycle. Choose a dishwasher with an “energy-saving” or “light wash” cycle that uses less water and operates for a shorter time.



4. Look for an air-dry option that employs circulation fans. Heat-dry modes use heating coils, which draw considerable electricity.

5. Read the EnergyGuide label, which shows how much energy each unit uses compared with similar models.








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