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What makes a dishwasher energy-efficient?

Dishwashers come in different classes. Some are more energy-efficient than others. But what makes a dishwasher energy-efficient? In this article, I explain why certain programs, drying techniques, or sensors make a dishwasher energy-efficient.

The energy label

Energy label

The energy label indicates how energy-efficient the dishwasher is. Whereas A+++ was the most energy-efficient label before 1 March 2021, the labels have been updated recently. The energy labels now range from A to G. At the moment, there aren't any dishwashers with an A or B energy label yet. A dishwasher with a C energy label is the most energy-efficient appliance right now.

Eco cycle

Eco cycle

When you run the eco cycle on a dishwasher, you save energy. This program uses less water and electricity. The disadvantage of an eco program is the duration. An average dishwasher cycle is finished after 1.5 hours, but the eco cycle lasts between 3 and 4 hours.

Load sensor

Load sensor

A load sensor measures how many dishes are in the dishwasher. It adjusts the amount of water to this, so it doesn't waste water. This way, the dishwasher uses less water and electricity to wash the dishes.

AquaSensor

AquaSensor

Just like the load sensor, the AquaSensor ensures the dishwasher doesn't use too much water. The sensor measures how dirty the water is. If your plates and cutlery aren't very dirty, the water will be less cloudy. The dishwasher rinses less, so the appliance is more energy-efficient.

Active drying method

Active drying method

With an active drying method, the dishwasher dries the dishes in a natural way. There are 2 different active drying techniques: opening the door when the cycle has finished or using zeolite granules. Both methods are a lot simpler and more energy-efficient than the condenser drying technology, which uses cold water to cool the dishes.

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