How to Submit a Claim to SCE

If you have suffered a loss or damage due to recent service interruption, and believe we may be responsible, you may submit a claim. How to submit your claim >

We investigate and evaluate each claim individually, and our policy is to respond promptly.

Long Beach Update

As of 2:45 p.m. today, about 72 customers remained without service in the Long Beach area. Our crews continue to work around the clock, and service is expected to be restored to those customers at about 4 p.m. today. We will continue to use generators to provide power to customers until final repairs are made. As the underground network system is restored, we will transition these customers off the generators. When this happens, these customers will experience a short power outage, which could last up to 45 minutes for most. For a couple of customer locations, our representatives will be informing those customers that the outage during the transition period could be longer due to additional operating procedures to safely reconnect them back to the electrical network. These actions are to ensure they are connected back to the network properly and in a safe manner. We encourage customers in Long Beach to make every effort to conserve use of electricity as we continue to return the system to its full operational capacity. We reopened its distribution center at Cesar Chavez community center at 8 a.m. today to distribute ice and water. The safety of the public and our crews remain our highest priority. We thank the city of Long Beach for its cooperation and for the safety efforts of first responders in the Long Beach Fire and Police departments. Get the latest update >

Dishwashers: Clean Up on Savings

Let’s Dish: Efficiency Basics

Ready to save water and save energy? According American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), 60% of energy used by dishwashers is just to heat the water, so machines with better water efficiency also save energy. Surprisingly, hand-washing dishes won’t produce the annual savings you get from an energy-efficient dishwasher.

Energy-Efficient Technology & Savings

Like clothes washers, most of the energy used by dishwashers is to heat water. Today’s dishwashers are more powerful and can clean your dishes better than older machines. New technologies account for an annual savings of $51 to $771,2. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a new dishwasher also uses almost half the water—about 1,300 fewer gallons—over its lifetime than one built before 19943,4. That’s a lot less water to heat.


Hands Down Better Than Hand Washing

Studies show that a dishwasher can be more efficient than hand washing your dishes. Even without pre-rinsing, most new dishwashers clean effectively using very little water. Energy-saving cycle options and built-in booster heaters also reduce water heating and drying costs. Because dishwashers don’t use as much energy as refrigerators and laundry machines, you may not see as much savings by replacing your dishwasher as you would by replacing these other appliances. If you do decide to invest in a new dishwasher, our Buyer’s Guide can help you choose the most energy-efficient option.


Use & Care

Proper maintenance and installation of your home’s dishwasher will maximize efficiency measures. Learn more about Dishwasher Use & Care, where to start, and how to care for and use your dishwasher for the most savings. Return to Kitchen Appliances.

Buyer’s Guide

Before you shop for efficiency upgrades, visit the Dishwasher Buyer’s Guide for easy facts and figures that can help you choose the best equipment and materials for your home, needs and budget.

1Goorskey, Sarah, Wang, K., Smith, A. (2004). Home Energy Briefs: #6 Cleaning Appliances. Snowmass, CO: Rocky Mountain Institute. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from (p. 4).
2This assumes an electricity rate of $0.17/kWh, Calculated using the kWh savings from Rocky Mountain Institute's Home Energy Briefs #6 Cleaning Appliances.
3ENERGY STAR®. (2011). FAQ: How much water do ENERGY STAR dishwashers use? Is there a water-efficiency metric (“water factor”) for ENERGY STAR dishwashers like there is for ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers. Retrieved October 9, 2012, from
4ENERGY STAR®. Dishwashers for Consumers: Overview. Retrieved October 9, 2012, from

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