The Dishwasher Code of Conduct

by Christine DemosApril 4, 2017

Let me start off by saying that I hate being wasteful. It’s a big pet peeve of mine. I don’t like when food doesn’t get eaten in my home prior to growing mold, I don’t like the lights being on if no one is in the room, and I don’t like unused appliances being plugged in. I think it’s careless and bothersome, not only for the finances, but for the environment as well.

If you happen to be like me, or perhaps are looking for ways to be a little more environmentally conscious, then here are a few ways to help make your dishwasher more energy efficient:


  1. Load it to the max.

    A lot of dishwashers have settings that will allow for the most extreme of washes. So fill that machine up the first time you run it.

  2. Let dishes dry naturally.

    Use your dishwasher’s air-dry option. If your dishwasher doesn’t have one, prop the door open after the final rinse to dry dishes.

  3. Run at optimal times.

    Start your dishwasher during off-peak hours. The water pressure will be better and your dishes will be cleaner if water is not being used by other appliances.

  4. Use environmentally friendly soap.

    When you run your FULL dishwasher, be sure to use eco-friendly soap. Seventh Generation is a company that makes great green soaps, but you can also make your own if you’d like.

  5. When it comes to buying a dishwasher, go with Energy Star.

    Although it may cost a little bit more money, buying an Energy Star appliance is a great way to help save water, energy, money, and time! is the place to dream and discover your ideal home! Are you starting to get the itch to look for your first or next home, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Browse our real estate and lifestyle blog for home buying tips, mortgage guides, DIY ideas, interior design, lifestyle topics, general home inspiration, or just some homes fun. We are sure you can scratch that itch and find all the information and tools you need to help in your home search. Want to start looking at available real estate right now? Head to our home page and check out homes for sale or rent listings all over the country.

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Christine Demos
Christine is the Content Marketing Specialist for She's a small town girl at heart, who currently lives in Norfolk, VA with her husband and their fur baby. When she's not working, she enjoys cooking, decorating, traveling, and binge watching Netflix. As a proud Virginia Tech alum, she also loves cheering on the Hokies!

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