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Image of the yellow EnergyGuide label with arrows pointing to two numbers in large type. The estimated yearly operating cost is $67 and the estimated yearly electricity use is 630 kilowatt hours.

How to Read the EnergyGuide Label
The EnergyGuide label gives you two important pieces of information you can use to compare different brands and models when shopping for a new refrigerator:

  • Estimated yearly operating cost based on the national average cost of electricity.

  • Estimated energy consumption on a scale showing a range for similar models

Most of the energy used by a dishwasher is for water heating. The EnergyGuide label estimates how much power is needed per year to run the appliance and to heat the water based on the yearly cost of natural gas and electric water heating.

Dishwasher Tips

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Content Last Updated: 1/22/2009