Tips From Our Resident Designer…Home Appliance Tips to Save Energy Part Two: Dishwashers and Laundry


  • If your dishwasher is old enough to drive, upgrade to a new, more efficient dishwasher. Newer models use about 70% less energy than they did in 1990.
  • Run the dishwasher only with full loads.
  • Allow dishes to air-dry.
  • During hotter months, use your dishwasher’s timer to run later at night when it’s cooler. This way, heat that escapes won’t affect the temperature of your home while you’re in the kitchen.
  • Did you know that washing dishes by hand several times a day can use more hot water than using an energy-efficient dishwasher?




  • Upgrade to a new, more efficient washer and dryer. Modern washing machines use about 70% less energy compared to 1990.
  • The average American family washes about 300 loads of laundry each year. Washing 25% can save more than 3,225 gallons of water. So, wash only full loads of clothes.
  • Wash in cold water – to save on heating water – and always use cold water to rinse.
  • Don’t use more water than you need. Reducing your water level by just 10% can save nearly 1,300 gallons of water.
  • Use the spin cycle on high to remove as much water as possible.
  • During warmer months, use the heat-producing dryer later at night.
  • Clean the lint screen every time you use the dryer. A clogged lint screen can make your dryer work harder – and it can be a fire hazard. Also, check your dryer vent and hose periodically to prevent buildup. This can also cause your dryer to use more energy and be a fire hazard.
  • Use a clothesline or clothes rack to dry clothes whenever possible.
  • Dry one load of clothes immediately after another to take advantage of a pre-heated dryer.

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