You can reduce your electric bill and
help the environment by replacing your dish washer with a
more efficient one.
One of the most efficient models is made by
Asko in Sweden.
Their D3450 uses only 181 kWh/year, according to the EPA. Some
dishwashers use as much as 531 kWh/year. All Asko models are
ENERGY STAR rated. It sells for about
$1,100. Asko is available through
Bray and Scarff.
If you don't want to spend that much, you can still get an
ENERGY STAR rated dishwasher at a reasonable price. Many of
the larger name brands have ENERGY STAR rated
dishwashers models that use between 350 to 375 kWh/year. This
is still a pretty good rating.
The GE Spacemaker® 18" Built-In Dishwasher (Model#:
GSM1800JWW) is a little more efficient than the majority of
the big name ENERGY STAR rated machines. It's rated at 293
kWh/year. It sells for about $559.00.
Be sure to look for the EPA's ENERGY STAR logo on machines.
|In addition the EPA offers this advice to
save energy even if you don't have a newer, energy
Avoid using the heat-dry, rinse-hold
and pre-rinse features. Instead use your dishwasher's
air-dry option. If your dishwasher does not have an
air-dry option, prop the door open after the final rinse
to dry the dishes.
Since most newer dishwashers can heat
the water, your may be able to lower the temperature on
your water heater. Usually, 120 degrees is recommended.