Eco-Friendly Dishwasher Options
Did you know using a dishwasher the right way can be more environmentally friendly than hand washing your dishes? Of course, it helps if you have an energy efficient dishwasher as well.

Did you know using a dishwasher the right way can be more environmentally friendly than hand washing your dishes? Of course, it helps if you have an energy efficient dishwasher as well.

Approximately 80% of the power used by your dishwasher goes towards heating water.

Shopping for an eco-friendly dishwasher is much easier since the introduction of the Energy Star Rating system. All appliances now feature the power Energy Star Rating, but those using water also display the Water Efficiency Star Rating. All you need to do is shop for the dishwasher with the most stars on both options. 

Unfortunately, many of the more efficient models are expensive. If you’re willing to pay a higher price for the more economical features, then you’ll be doing good things for the environment.

However, if your budget won’t stretch that far, choose a mid-price dishwasher that has decent energy ratings.

No matter which dishwasher you choose, you still have plenty of eco-friendly dishwasher options available to help improve your energy efficiency and be kind to the environment at the same time.

 

Green Dishwasher Tips

 

Buy the Right Dishwasher Size

When you’re shopping for a dishwasher, try to choose one that is the right size for the amount of dishes you accumulate. If your dishwasher is too small, you’ll end up running it more often. If it’s too large, you will wind up running it partially-full and wasting water.

 

Full Load Wash

Always make sure your dishwasher is full before you run it. You’ll be making the most of the power and water you use. Your dishwasher is also designed to function better when it’s full.

 

Wash Off-Peak

Preset your dishwasher time to start the wash cycle during off-peak times. Most electricity providers charge lower rates for power use during off-peak times. If your off-peak times are late at night, you might worry about the noise level. Fortunately, modern dishwashers are surprisingly quiet. You’ll barely hear a thing.

 

Choose the Right Heat Setting

Your dishwasher has variable heat settings for different wash modes. On top of drawing hot water from your hot water tap, it contains a heat boost to heat that already hot water even further. Reducing the heat setting even a little can conserve energy without affecting the cleaning results.


Check Your Detergent

Read the label and packaging on your detergent and check whether it’s phosphorous and petroleum free. Ideally, you should use an eco-friendly detergent that doesn’t wash harmful chemicals down your drains. Look for

 

Air Dry

When the wash cycle on your dishwasher is complete, think about stopping the cycle and allowing your dishes to air dry. Open the door to the dishwasher and let your dishes dry overnight. This will save on electricity used to run the heating element and fan cycle and your dishes will still be dry when you need them.

 

Skip the Pre-Rinse

Do you still give your plates and pots a quick rinse under the tap before you put them in the dishwasher? Sure, it removes some of the food on them. This might even make it easier to keep the filter inside the dishwasher clean.

Modern dishwashers are powerful enough to wash even the most stubborn dishes properly. Just stack them in the washer and let the machine do its job.

 

Keep the Filter Clean

There are dishwashers out there that have a self-cleaning function. These will keep the filters free of food residue and other gunk build-up. If your machine doesn’t have one of these, be sure to clean out the filter regularly. Remove any food or build up around the filter mesh. This will keep your dishwasher running optimally for longer.

 

These simple green tips can help to improve the energy efficiency of your dishwasher. They’ll also give you a way to wash your dishes without causing so much harm to the environment.