Dishwasher

  • Let your dishwasher do the work
  • Let your dishwasher do the work

According to WaterSense, the average household does about 215 dishwasher loads per year. Most conventional dishwashers use about 10 gallons per load while Energy Star qualified models use about 5 gallons of water per load.

 

Let your dishwasher do the work. Switching to an  Energy Star labeled dishwasher could save you over 1,000 gallons of water each year!

  • Wash only full loads. Just one partially full load can waste 5-10 gallons of water.
  • Consider replacing your older dishwasher with a new Energy Star-labeled dishwasher and you could save about 5 gallons per load.
  • Be sure to scrape food residue from dishes instead of rinsing. Rinsing can waste 2.5 gallons of water per minute, and most new dishwashers don't require it.
  • If you are washing dishes by hand, be sure to fill your sink or a tub with soapy water and only turn the faucet on when rinsing your dishes.

 

Waterwise Fact

Running the faucet for 4 minutes can use the same amount of water a dishwasher uses for its whole cycle! When hand-washing dishes, remember to turn on the tap only to rinse.