Dishwashers come in a variety of capacities. You can lower the ongoing costs of running a dishwasher at home by taking some simple steps to save you energy and money.

Choosing a dishwasher

It's important to select a dishwasher that is the right size for your home and lifestyle. Buy a dishwasher that suits your needs so you don't end up paying for extra electricity and water. You may also find an economy setting helpful for saving energy.

If you live alone or don't cook much at home, you may find a dishwasher that allows you to do partial loads will save you unnecessary water and electricity usage. Choose a dishwasher that will allow you to use it only once per day and start the dishwasher cycle after 8pm so you're not contributing to peak demand.

Connecting a dishwasher

Some dishwashers have both hot and cold water connections. For those with both connections, the hot water comes from your hot water system. You can reduce the energy used by your hot water system by replacing it with a suitably sized greenhouse efficient system and save money by connecting to an economy tariff.

Connecting your dishwasher to an economy tariff saves you money because it costs less than the general supply tariff. Economy tariffs are designed to reward Queenslanders for using electricity outside of peak hours (around 4-8pm).

When comparing the energy efficiency of dishwashers, look for the star ratings on the Energy Rating label to work out which one uses the least amount of power and therefore has lower running costs.

Start saving energy and money with your dishwasher

  • Buy a dishwasher with a high Energy Rating label
  • Connect your dishwasher to an economy tariff
  • If your dishwasher has a hot water connection, use a greenhouse efficient hot water system and connect your hot water system to an economy tariff
  • Use the shortest and coldest setting that will adequately clean your dishes
  • Clean the filter between each wash to improve energy efficiency.

Top tip

Reduce peak demand and save. Connect your dishwasher to an economy tariff.

Calculate, compare and save

Find and compare the energy efficiency of diswashers and calculate their yearly running cost.

Where can I find more information?

The Your home website has more information including considerations for choosing a dishwasher.

You can also seek advice from consumer groups, such as Choice. Choice regularly tests the quality, safety and performance of products, including a full range of electrical appliances.

For information on how to dispose of an old dishwasher, contact your local council for advice or visit the Recycling Near You website.