Utilizing an ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher offers several money, water, time and energy saving advantages over washing dishes on a regular basis by hand. Replacing a dishwasher manufactured before 1994 with an ENERGY STAR qualified dishwasher can save you more than $30 a year in utility costs.

Dishwasher vs. Hand Washing
If you still wash your dishes by hand, you’re probably wasting more than just your valuable time. Over an average eleven-year lifespan, ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers can save 55,000 gallons of water (that’s a lifetime supply of drinking water for more than four people) or $465 in energy and water bills (that’s like getting a 15-year supply of dishwasher detergent).

Here are some additional savings that come with upgrading to an ENERGY STAR dishwasher:

Save Time:



Using an ENERGY STAR qualified dishwasher instead of handwashing will save nearly 10 days of your time each year. So stop scrubbing – just load and go!
Dishwashers today don’t require pre-rinsing of dishes before loading. Pre-rinsing doesn’t necessarily improve cleaning and wastes water. Just scrape off food and liquids – the dishwasher will do the rest.

Save Money:


Cut your energy and water bills by more than $40 per year compared to handwashing.
You can save $465 in energy and water bills over the life of an ENERGY STAR dishwasher compared to washing dishes by hand.


Save Energy:


Use half as much energy as washing by hand.
Fill your dishwasher to full capacity to get maximize the energy used to run it. 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.


Save Water:


Use nearly 5,000 gallons less water per year, compared to washing dishes by hand.
Run your dishwasher only on the cycle necessary for the task to conserve water


Reduce Noise:

ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers run 50% more quietly than 10-year old models.


Help the Environment:



Less energy means less pollution and greenhouse gases in the environment. Less water consumption helps protect our lakes, streams and oceans.
Stay away from the heat-dry, rinse-hold and pre-rinse features and try the air-dry option instead.

A Dishwasher for Every Budget:
When buying a new dishwasher unit, make sure to choose the one that fits your needs. This buying guide arms consumers with the necessary information to find the right unit for any budget and kitchen size.

24" Professional SpeedClean Dishwasher with SaharaDry™ (PLD4555RFC)

  • ENERGY STAR Certified
  • Features: Maximum Capacity Upper and Lower Racks, GraniteGrey™ Interior, iDry Intelligent SaharaDry System, SilentDesign Sound Insulation Package, Stainless Steel Food Disposer, Stainless Steel Self Cleaning Filter, 12 Easy Clean Electronic Touchpads / Digital Display, 5-Level Precision Direct™ Wash System with AquaSurge® and Variable Washing Pressure, Energy-Saving 1/2 Load Wash Option (Upper Rack), Pro-Style Towel Bar, Self-Cleaning Filter, Sleek, Integrated Design, Smart Soil Sensor
  • Options: SpeedClean™ Cycle, NSF Certified Sanitize Rinse Option
  • MSRP: $749

 

24" Professional SpeedClean Dishwasher (PLD4375RFC)

  • ENERGY STAR Certified
  • Features: GraniteGrey™ Interior, Power Dry Drying System, Stainless Steel Food Disposer, UltraQuiet™ Sound Insulation Package, 12 Easy Clean Electronic Touchpads / Digital Display, 5-Level Precision Direct™ Wash System with AquaSurge® and Variable Washing Pressure, Energy-Saving 1/2 Load Wash Option (Upper Rack), Pro-Style Towel Bar, Self-Cleaning Filter, Sleek, Integrated Design, Smart Soil Sensor
  • Options: Variable (1 - 24 Hour) Delay Start, NSF Certified Sanitize Rinse Option
  • MSRP: $649

 

24” Professional Series Dishwasher (PLD4050RHC)

  • ENERGY STAR Certified
  • Features: Fully-Integrated Design, 10 Easy-Clean Touch Pads, UltraPro Color-Coordinated Steel Handle, White Interior, iWash™ Plus System, 5-Level Precision Direct™ Wash System, Smart Soil Sensor™, No Pre-Rinse Required, Self-Cleaning, Stainless Steel Filter, Stainless Steel Food Disposer, BIG Tub™ Design Holds 14 Place Settings, Energy-Saving, Eco Wash Cycle
  • Options: NSF Certified Sanitize Rinse Option, Variable (1-24 Hour) Delay Start
  • MSRP: $549

 

24" Gallery Series GraniteGrey™ Interior Dishwasher (GLD2445RFC)

  • ENERGY STAR Certified
  • Features: GraniteGrey™ Interior, Stainless Steel Food Disposer, UltraQuiet™ IV Sound Insulation Package, 10 Easy Clean Electronic Touchpads, 5-Level Precision Direct™ Wash System, Active Vent Drying System, Energy-Saving 1/2 Load Wash Option (Upper Rack), Self-Cleaning Filter, Smart Soil Sensor
  • Options: Hi-Temp Wash, NSF Certified Sanitize Rinse Option, Variable (1 - 10 Hour) Delay Start
  • MSRP: $549

 

24" Gallery Series Interior Dishwasher (GLD4050RHB/S)

  • ENERGY STAR Certified
  • Features: Fully-Integrated Design, 10 Easy-Clean Touch Pads, UltraPro Color-Coordinated Steel Handle, White Interior, iWash™ Plus System, 5-Level Precision Direct™ Wash System, Smart Soil Sensor™, No Pre-Rinse Required, Self-Cleaning, Stainless Steel Filter, Stainless Steel Food Disposer, BIG Tub™ Design Holds 14 Place Settings, Energy-Saving, Eco Wash Cycle
  • Options: NSF Certified Sanitize Rinse Option, Variable (1-24 Hour) Delay Start
  • MSRP: $449

 

24" Gallery GraniteGrey™ Interior Dishwasher (GLD2445RF)

  • ENERGY STAR Certified
  • Features: GraniteGrey™ Interior, Stainless Steel Food Disposer, UltraQuiet™ IV Sound Insulation Package, 10 Easy Clean Electronic Touchpads, 5-Level Precision Direct™ Wash System, Active Vent Drying System, Energy-Saving 1/2 Load Wash Option (Upper Rack), Self-Cleaning Filter, Smart Soil Sensor
  • Options: Variable (1- 10 Hour) Delay Start, NSF Certified Sanitize Rinse Option
  • MSRP: $449

 

Precision Select 24" Built-In Dishwasher (FDB1050REM)

  • ENERGY STAR Certified
  • Features: Silver Mist Finish, Stainless Steel Food Disposer, 100% Filtered Wash Water - No Pre-Rinse Required, 4 Easy Clean Touchpads, 5-Level Precision Wash System®, Self-Cleaning Filter, UltraQuiet II™ Sound Insulation Package, BIG Tub™ Design Holds 14 Place Settings
  • Options: Hi-Temp Rinse, Hi-Temp Wash, Variable Delay Start
  • MSRP: $349

 

*To find out more about how to choose energy-efficient dishwashers, visit www.energystar.gov/dishwashers.