DC Sustainable Energy Utility
Your Guide to Green


If you are washing dishes by hand or using a dishwasher made before 1994, you are paying an extra $40 in annual energy costs.

When it’s time to purchase a new dishwasher, choose a new ENERGY STAR® model.

Energy Information

Yearly Cost Savings:

$40 vs. standard non-ENERGY STAR Models

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Save even more water and energy with these tips

  • Save yourself the rinsing—just scrape food off dishes. Rinsing dishes can use up to 20 gallons of water before the dishes are even loaded.
  • If your dirty dishes sit overnight, use your dishwasher’s rinse feature. It uses a fraction of the water needed to hand rinse.
  • Run full loads whenever possible. Dishwashers use about the same amount of energy and water regardless of the number of dishes inside.
  • Select the no-heat drying option. It gives good drying results with less energy.

Dishwasher Buying Guidance

When shopping for a new dishwasher, look for the ENERGY STAR label to find one that uses minimal amounts of water and energy. They are required to use 5.8 gallons of water per cycle or less. Dishwashers purchased before 1994 use more than 10 gallons of water per cycle.

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The DCSEU recommends the purchase of ENERGY STAR dishwasher for energy and water saving.

Find a Store

Best Buy - Annapolis
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2643 Housley Road Gateway Village Shopping Center
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 571-9011

M&M Appliance Sales and Service, Inc.
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6201 Blair Road NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 882-7100

Lowes - Washington, DC
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2438 Market St NE
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 378-2500

Home Depot - Washington DC
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901 Rhode Island Ave NE
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 526-8760

Best Buy - Columbia Heights
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3100 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 387-6150

Best Buy - Tenleytown
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4500 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 895-1580

Best Buy - Tysons Corner
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8449 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 748-9814

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