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These days, many manufacturers make dishwashers that get dishes clean while using very little electricity, water or water heating energy. Replacing a dishwasher made before 1994 with a new Energy Star–qualified model will save you $40 a year, according to the Energy Star program. That's enough to pay for your dishwashing detergent for a whole year. Also, a high-efficiency dishwasher will save an average of 1,300 gallons of water over its lifetime.

High-efficiency dishwashers have a built-in water heater to boost the temperature of the dishwashing water. This means you can turn your household water heater down to 120°F, which will reduce your overall water-heating costs.

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To help you narrow your search for a new dishwasher, the Green Product Directory features some of the most efficient models available today. Each of these products exceeds federal energy efficiency standards for dishwashers by at least 25%—putting them at the top of the class of Energy Star-labeled dishwashers.

AskoExtra Tall Tub Dishwasher D5894
The energy usage of this ASKO dishwasher is super low—it is rated to consume a mere 171 kWh per year on average. And with a noise rating of only 39 dBA, it's one of the quietest dishwashers on the market. ASKO's environmental responsibility runs deep—every model in its current line of dishwashers has earned the Energy Star label. LEARN MORE ►

Bosch24" Recessed Handle Dishwasher
Bosch prides itself on making exceptionally quiet dishwashers. This model clocks in at only 40 dBA, about the level of quiet conversation. Bosch dishwashers have sensors that measure soil levels throughout each cycle to adjust water and heat so that no more is used than needed to get dishes clean. LEARN MORE ►

Kenmore24" Built-In Dishwasher
One of Kenmore's most efficient dishwashers, this model uses only 253 kWh of electricity per year on average. The SmartWash HE cycle automatically adjusts water and energy use for each load. LEARN MORE ►

LGFully Integrated Dishwasher
This high efficiency LG dishwasher uses only 245 kWh of electricity per year on average—a 31% improvement over minimum federal efficiency standards for dishwashers. And with only 2.5 gallons of water per cycle, it's also a water miser. LEARN MORE ►

ThermadorSapphire 24" 6-Program Dishwasher
This Energy Star qualified dishwasher from Thermador uses only 260 kWh per year of electricity on average. It's quiet design—only 42 dBa—will help keep your kitchen peaceful. LEARN MORE ►

WhirlpoolGold Series Dishwasher
This dishwasher has two separate sensors to measure temperature, soil level and load size, so that it gets dishes clean while using just the right amount of time, energy and water. An Eco Wash cycle and Eco Dry option help save even more energy and water. LEARN MORE ►

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