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Sparkling Dishes with Fewer Gallons

Washing dishes in an automatic dishwashing machine is a relatively small use of water in the average home. According to the 2016 Residential End Uses of Water Study, dishwashers account for about 1 percent of an individual's daily water consumption. The average American household washes, on average, 95 loads of dishes each year.

An older model dishwasher will use approximately 10 to 15 gallons (37.8 L to 56.7 L) of water per load, but technological advances in dishwashers make it possible to use less water to achieve the same goal. Standard ENERGY STAR-labeled dishwashers use 3.5 gallons or less per cycle and can save an average of 3,870 gallons over the course of their lifetime. Learn where to find water and energy efficient products with the ENERGY STAR product locator.
ENERGY STAR-labeled models also use less energy than non-labeled dishwashers. Dishwashers use energy for heating water and for circulating the water through the machine. If the amount of water used by the machine can be reduced, the energy consumption will also be reduced. New high efficiency dishwashers’ effective washing action, energy efficient motors and other advanced technology such as sensors that determine the length of the wash cycle and the temperature of the water necessary to clean the dishes.

More Information About Dishwashers

Dishwasher Water Saving Tips

  1. Run full loads of dishes only.
  2. Don't rinse the dishes. Pre-rinsing is not required with most new dishwashers. Read the instruction manual for your machine to determine if you can minimize rinse water usage.

Listing of Energy Efficient Dishwashers

Are you in the market for a new dishwasher? The most recent listings of high-efficiency dishwashers are provided here: