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dishwasher.jpgKeep in Mind: Energy Star dishwashers use at least 25% less energy than standard models. You can save around $100 over the life of the dishwasher if it's an Energy Star model.


You can find the most water- and energy-efficient dishwashers in this Consumer Guide to Energy-Efficient Appliances, published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.


More energy-saving tips:

• Run your dishwasher with a full load. Most of the energy used by a dishwasher goes to heat water. Since you can't decrease the amount of water used per cycle, fill your dishwasher to get the most from the energy used to run it.
• Avoid the heat-dry, rinse-hold, and pre-rinse features. Instead use your dishwasher's air-dry option, or prop the door open after the final rinse to dry the dishes.
• Install your dishwasher away from the refrigerator or freezer. Dishwashers produce moisture and heat, which will make your refrigerator or freezer use more energy.

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