Dishwashers account for about 2% of a home's energy costs. ENERGY STAR® qualified dishwashers use 25% less energy than the federal minimum standard and also save about 800 gallons of water per year for the average household.
Since the cost of domestic water is only about $1.50 per 1,000 gallons, the savings comes primarily in the form of electricity. Most new Dishwashers are significantly more efficient than older models so the savings annual savings will dramatically increase if you replace an old model.
The ROI Calculation is based on the marginal additional cost of a new ENERGY STAR® unit over one that does not meet their standard.
Good to Know: ENERGY STAR® qualified units use 25% less energy and save about 800 gallons of water per year. There are so many new efficient dishwashers that the marginal added cost is very low.
Dishwasher Soap - Get SUPER Concentrated, and cover 48 loads. Spend $9.50 vs. the 'Cascade' Equivalent of two and a half 45 oz. containers that cost $13.50 or more. Plus help save the environment with no phosphates or chlorine. When you buy concentrate, you also reduces the C02 emissions from the transportation.
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Read the inside of the door to make sure that it does not waste water and has sensors to automatically adjust water levels and temperatures based on how dirty the dishes are.
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