Today’s modern dishwashers are technologically advanced to conserve water and energy. With improvements like better water jetting, innovative dish rack placement and improved water filtration, today’s dishwashers make ten year old models look like they came from the stone age. Check out these tips for buying a green dishwasher before you go shopping for your next dishwasher.
A rating from EnergyStar typically means that it is a top of the line energy saving model. It does not mean that it is the best energy saving model. It simply means it is above the industry standard required by the government for energy/water savings. While many EnergyStar approved models are a good choice, keep your horizons open and your eyes peeled.
Look at the yellow energy guide
Most appliances have a big yellow sticker that tells about the energy/water savings. Use this guide as a base for comparing like models. You’ll be able to get a good look at how energy-efficient the dishwasher is over a year’s time.
Choose the correct size
Not all dishwashers are the same size. Choosing a smaller model may save more energy and water, but if you have to use it twice as much, then you’re really not saving anything. Compact dishwashers will hold up to eight place settings and serving pieces. All other models go up from there, so choose wisely.
A soil sensor is a new technology that allows the dishwasher to test how dirty the dishes are throughout the wash cycle, allowing the dishwasher to shut down the cycle when the dishes get clean. This can really save money, water and electricity in the long run and is a feature that is a must have when buying a green dishwasher.
A good water filtration system can also help save water and energy. By removing impurities in the water before the rinse cycle, less water is needed to rinse away soap and food. Cleaner water also means spot free dishes that sparkle and shine in quicker time.