The EU Energy Label for dishwashers

The European Union Energy Label was introduced to allow consumers to factor in energy performance when purchasing new domestic appliances. Initially the label only applied to a small number of product groups, but with the ongoing implementation of the EU Energy-related Products Directive and Energy Labelling Directive, you will see the label appear on more and more electrical and electronic goods. 

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Market overview by Energy Label class

The most energy-efficient A+++ models currently make up only 2% of all the dishwasher models available in the UK.  A++ and A+ dishwashers account for 10% and 17%, respectively. 

The largest number of models (480 or 68%) currently available have an A label. 

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Comparing energy-use of old and new, highly energy-efficient appliances

Knowing exactly when to replace an appliance, especially one that is still working, can be difficult. 

You may find it useful to monitor the actual energy consumption of your dishwasher using a plug-in energy-usage meter. 

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How to get your appliance to perform most efficiently

Buying the most energy-efficient model will help you save energy and money in the long run. But it’s how you use your appliance that can really make a difference too. For example: 

Load it up to the max. Before running your dishwasher wait until you have a full load to ensure you use the maximum capacity of your dishwasher. This will help make the most of the energy, water and detergent used. 

Use the Energy-save or Economy Programme whenever possible. This type of programme is designed to clean normally soiled tableware and is the most efficient programme in terms of combined energy and water consumption. 

No need to pre-rinse. Modern dishwashers are designed to clean even heavily soiled dishes. Ensure you scrape off food and empty liquids — the dishwasher will do the rest. 

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Disposing of your old appliance

Electrical appliances are one of the fastest growing waste streams in the UK and Europe, with the amount of e-waste estimated to be rising by at least 2.5% every year. 

Reusing or recycling WEEE saves thousands of tonnes of valuable materials being landfilled or otherwise disposed of. It also reduces environmental footprint associated with the extraction of raw materials and the manufacture of electrical and electronic goods.  

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Professional procurement guidelines for dishwashers