Tips to Improve Your Dishwasher's Efficiency

April 29, 2022

Earth Day is in April each year and it serves as a great reminder to look at how you can improve things in your daily life to care for our planet.

One thing you can improve is the water consumption of your home. You can accomplish this with your dishwasher. Howards is passionate about energy and water efficiency. Every energy-saving improvement you make today will help lead to a better tomorrow. Here are our tips on how you can select a dishwasher that will run efficiently and adjustments you can make to your current dishwasher to reduce its footprint.

inside of a dishwasher with water and dishes

Can a Dishwasher Help the Environment?

A straightforward way to help the environment is to consider buying a new dishwasher. New ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers use a lot less water and have better energy efficiency. Features like AutoRelease™ Doors that allow air drying, Sensor Cycles that automatically adjust water use based on need, and quick cycles can help reduce water and energy consumption as well.

According to SmarterHouse, using a new dishwasher can even use less water and energy than handwashing your dishes. This is because a dishwasher will use a set amount of water and time to complete the task while handwashing can vary.

dishwasher sensor cycle

How to Improve Your Dishwasher’s Efficiency

Whether you have a brand-new dishwasher or an older one, you can always use it more efficiently. You would accomplish this by only running the dishwasher when it has a full load. Not everyone fills their dishwasher daily so you can use the rinse and hold feature if needed. This will prevent any build-up of dried-on food without having to pre-rinse between washes. Pre-rinsing dishes would of course use a lot more water and would be worse for the environment.

You should also be sure to follow the provided instructions on how to properly load dirty dishes into the dishwasher. This will ensure your dishes are clean without needed rewashing and that water jets can properly spray as intended.

Cleaning Your Dishwasher

Like any appliance, you need to perform regular maintenance and cleanings on your dishwasher to keep it running well. Here are some of our tips on cleaning your dishwasher regularly.

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