People obviously can get by without dishwashers, but let’s be honest — who wants to? Not many of us, apparently. In the U.S., two-thirds of all households have a dishwasher.
The question is how to choose a dishwasher. Assuming you’re replacing an existing dishwasher, you already know the dishwasher size and maybe even the dishwasher color. Those are the easy choices. From there the questions about how to choose a dishwasher, though, expand exponentially. Here are some tips to help you get started.
The dishwashers of yesteryear, i.e. those produced before 1994, use a lot more water, making them far less efficient than today’s models for dishwasher water usage alone. Dishwashers made before 1994 cost an extra $35 a year on utility bills, as compared to a new ENERGY STAR dishwasher, for instance. An ENERGY STAR dishwasher saves an average of 1,600 gallons of water over its lifetime.
What you need to know when buying a dishwasher is more than simply looking for an energy-saving dishwasher and calling it a day. Dishwasher water usage and the cost of running a dishwasher are among the details you’ll need to consider when looking to replace your old dishwasher with an improved energy-saving dishwasher.
Before you head to the nearest appliance store, however, it’s good to do a little math. Sometimes, it might make more financial sense to wait until an appliance actually dies before you replace it with an energy-saving dishwasher.
Bankrate.com offers this formula to answer this important first question: Do I need a new dishwasher? In other words, should you head to appliance store now, or should you wait:
Okay, you’ve made the decision to shop for an energy-saving dishwasher, here’s what you need to know when buying a dishwasher. The following are good points to consider when shopping for an energy-saving dishwasher. Most of the information is available on the dishwasher product label:
Owning an energy-saving dishwasher is just the first step toward potentially lowering your cost of running a dishwasher. Following these tips can help you potentially lower your energy costs further.
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