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DON'T DO DOUBLE DUTY

Scrape off excess food particles and let the dishwasher do the rest. Prerinsing dishes wastes water and is usually not necessary.

WAIT TO WASH

Wait until you have a full load to wash. A dishwasher uses the same amount of water whether it's half full or completely full.

AVOID THE PACK ATTACK!

Overloading the dishwasher prevents proper water circulation over the dishes, which can leave your dishes with food particles on them. To avoid these unwanted "leftovers," follow the use and care guide recommendations for proper loading.

MEASURE UP!

Use the recommended amount of automatic dishwasher detergent. Effective cleaning saves time and energy and prevents having to re-wash dishes.

AIR DRY IT!

Select the "air dry" cycle if your dishwasher has one.

DON'T FORGET THE FILTER!

It's not just your dishes that need to be cleaned! Keep the dishwasher in top operating condition by cleaning the filter when necessary. 

NOT TOO DIRTY?

Use a "light-soil" cycle requiring the least amount of water. When dishes are lightly soiled, it's not necessary to use excess water.

USE, DON'T LOSE, YOUR HEAT

If necessary, insulate the water heater and delivery pipes to avoid heat loss between the hot water supply and the dishwasher. Hot water in the dishwasher makes the cleaning process more efficient. Don't use the "energy-saving" or air/no heat cycle.
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didyouknow
  • About 80% of the total energy used by dishwashers goes toward heating the water. So the best way to improve the efficiency of a dishwasher is to reduce the amount of water needed to clean the dishes.
  • New dishwashers use about half the electricity of 25-year old models. They can save time compared to washing by hand and use about half as much water.

— U.S. Department of Energy

Introduction | Energy-Efficient Laundering | Dishwashing