Using a few simple tricks while washing dishes, plus choosing an ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher, can reduce your water usage and lower your energy costs. So next time those dirty dishes pile up, use these tips for an energy-efficient wash!
- Load up: Dishwashers use about the same amount of energy no matter how much you put in them, so you’ll reduce your overall energy costs if you wait to run yours with a full load.
- Skip the heat: Clean dishes will air dry in the dishwasher even without added heat. Conserve energy by opting to use the “no heat air dry” feature. [Use air-dry feature]
- Scrape your dirty dishes: Rinsing off your dirty dishes can use up to 20 gallons of water before the dishes are even loaded! Save yourself some effort, and let your dishwasher do its job—by sticking to a simple scrape into the trash or garbage disposal.
- Use a dishwasher: Did you know washing dishes by hand uses more energy than a dishwasher? Using the dishwasher instead can save you up to 2,500 gallons of water and $22 annually!