Dishwasher Efficiency

Posted on: September 10th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Washing dishes by hand actually uses more energy than putting a full load in the dishwasher. So don’t hesitate to use yours. However, using it the right way can save you a lot of money.

Before putting dishes into the dishwasher, scrape the bits of leftover food into the trash—not the sink. Not only will you save a little bit of water, but you’ll also prevent your drain from clogging. Over time, clogs in your pipes will cost a lot of money to clear out by a professional.

Only run a cycle when your dishwasher is full capacity. This is important even if you only have one or two people in your home and it takes a few days to have a full load. Some models have a rinse-and-hold feature to eliminate unwanted odor and caked-on food.

Energy companies typically charge more during peak hours, which are when energy is used most often. Start the dishwasher right before bed if you sleep on the late side, or use the delay or timing feature on your dishwasher to start it late at night or early in the morning. Another option is to start it when you first wake up. In fact, this winter if you run your dishwasher in the mornings it may help your heating unit. The small amount of heat created by your dishwasher can help in homes with low ceilings or small living areas.

If you using the aforementioned tip about using the ambient heat won’t help in your home, then let the dishes air dry. This cuts down on the energy used to heat your dishwasher.

If you’re in the market for a new dishwasher, look for an energy-efficient model. Regardless, most new models use a fraction of the water that older ones do.

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