There are a number of ways that are easy to do for a dishwasher to become power and water-efficient, thereby, causing less harm in the environment and helping you save money by cutting down your costs.
According to researchers, a dish load cleaned in a dishwasher requires 37% less water than hand washing your dishes. Yet, should you fill the wash and rinse containers instead of allowing the water to run, you'll make use half as much water as a dishwasher would.
Majority of the energy used in a dishwasher goes to heating the water, so it's important to cut down your water usage by using energy-efficient dishwasher models, which are already abundant in today's market.
You also need to avoid using the “rinse hold” function on your dishwasher as much as possible especially when washing just a few dirty dish load, for it uses 3 to 7 more gallons of hot water for each dish load.
Use short wash cycles for every wash except on the dirtiest dishes. By using this, you'll be able to cut down your energy consumption, but will still get the same quality cleaning performance.
If your dishwasher comes with an air-dry setting, make use of it instead of heat-drying your dishes. It's another way to reduce your dishwasher's power consumption enabling you to save some dollars while taking care of the environment. If an air-dry setting is not available, then you can just prop the dishwasher's door open a little for the dishes to dry faster without consuming more energy.
Several newer dishwasher models will no longer need to rinse dishes before loading them. Should there be a need to pre-rinse your dishes, try to use cold water instead, but make sure to not waste so much water by allowing it to continuously run. It would also help if you scrape off large food pieces on your dishes instead of rinsing it off.
Another thing that you need to remember when using a dishwasher is to only use it when it's full, for using your dishwasher half full will not only waste you water, but will waste you electricity as well, both of which are valuable resources. Reducing the use of your dishwasher will definitely save you money, time, water, and energy.
Lastly, when buying a dishwasher, make sure you get the model that's Energy Star approved. This will give you an assurance that you are getting the one of the most water and energy-efficient dishwasher in the market.