Around 50 per cent of households in Victoria own a dishwasher, and most are used between four and seven times a week. Because dishwashers can last for over ten years, it's important to buy the most energy efficient and cost effective model to suit your household's needs.
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Compare star ratings
The energy rating label helps you compare the energy efficiency and running costs of different dishwashers. Dishwashers are rated for both energy and water efficiency, and this information is represented on separate labels.
The energy rating is shown in the red band at the top of the label and can range from 1 to 6 stars. Every extra star could save you 30 per cent on running costs. The more stars, the more energy efficient your dishwasher will be, and the lower the running costs.
Compare the star ratings at the top of the energy rating label, then use the numbers in the energy boxes in the middle of labels to find the annual energy use of the dishwasher. When buying a new dishwasher, use the Energy Rating Calculator to help you choose a machine with as high a star rating as possible.
To improve your household's energy efficiency, buy a dishwasher with at least a 3.5 star energy rating and 3.5 star water rating.