Choosing an efficient dishwasher can save you up to $500 in energy costs over 10 years, compared to using an inefficient model.
Choosing a dishwasher
- Choose the right size dishwasher - most dishwashers are designed to handle the equivalent of 12 place settings.
- Slimline or single drawer dishwashers - are great if you have a small number of people in your household, or a small amount of dirty dishes. They hold around 7 place settings.
- Choose models with an ‘eco', ‘half load' or ‘fast' wash setting - they will help you save water and energy.
Dishwasher energy labels
All dishwashers have energy rating labels so you can see roughly how much electricity they use in a year.
- If you’re comparing similar sizes and types of dishwashers - the model with the most stars will be the cheapest to run.
- If you’re comparing different sizes or types of dishwashers - for example a full sized versus a single drawer model, then ignore the stars and look at the annual energy consumption (kWh per year).
Dishwashers with the ENERGY STAR® mark use up to 50% less electricity than non-qualified models.
Smart use of dishwashers
- Rinse dishes under cold water before loading.
- Regularly clean your dishwasher's filter.
- Only run the dishwasher when it’s fully loaded.
- Use the machine's eco-cycle - or select the cycle with the lowest temperature and minimum time to get the job done.
- Open the door after the final rinse cycle - to help with air drying while the load is still hot.