Talk with your landlord about replacing an old dishwasher

Why? Your dishwasher uses considerable energy, especially in terms of hot water. ENERGY STAR® certified dishwashers use 12% less energy and 30% less water than standard models.
Benefits to your landlord:

Upgrading to an ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher has a variety of benefits for your landlord:

  • Make the rental a more efficient and cost-effective place to live for current and future tenants.

  • Provide greater reliability and lower maintenance costs.

  • A modernized dishwasher can serve as an attractive selling point.

Step by step:

  1. Ask your landlord about the age of the dishwasher in your home and whether it is ENERGY STAR certified. If your dishwasher was manufactured before 1994, replacing it with an ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher could be a worthwhile investment for your landlord.

  2. Share the listing of ENERGY STAR certified models with your landlord. When visiting a store, you can find the ENERGY STAR logo on the product package, sales tag or the item itself.

  3. Encourage your landlord to look for the following features when comparing new models:

  • An "air dry" setting. This setting allows you to turn off the heat dry function of the dishwasher.

  • Multiple wash cycle selections. These may include a "light" or "energy-saving" cycle for dishes that are only slightly dirty. Some models even have a "soil-sensing" feature.

  • A timer. This will help you run the dishwasher at a convenient time for you.

Actions you can take now:

Landlord not ready for a dishwasher upgrade? Try these quick actions to save money and use less energy:

  • Run full loads whenever possible. Most load sizes use about the same amount of energy, so running fewer, larger loads helps avoid waste.

  • Air dry dishes. Instead of using the "heat dry" function, allow your dishes to air dry or towel them off.

  • Avoid pre-rinsing dishes. Modern dishwashers are powerful enough to clean your dishes without your having to rinse them in the sink beforehand. If your dishes have excess food on them, scrape off the debris instead of rinsing.

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