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5 Tips To Save Energy While Washing Dishes

Open dishwasher filled with clean cups, glasses, plates and flatware. Only running a full dishwasher is one strategy to save energy while washing dishes.

5 Tips To Save Energy While Washing Dishes

The dishwasher was invented by Josephine Cochrane in 1886, and it has since transformed into a household appliance that most of us feel like we simply can’t live without. Despite its usefulness, the amount of energy that this appliance consumes can translate to significant costs in both electricity and water over time. The good news is that you don’t have to have to get rid of your dishwasher or upgrade to a new energy efficient model to save money. Here are some tips for how to save energy while washing the dishes using your current dishwasher.

Dishwasher Energy Savings Checklist

Below are some tips to help you conserve energy while washing the dishes. Keep reading for details on how to maximize your savings with these items:

  1. Scrape, but don’t rinse, the dishes.
  2. Don’t run the dishwasher unless it’s completely full.
  3. Air dry or towel dry the dishes.
  4. Run the dishwasher during off-peak hours.
  5. Load your dishes, glassware and flatware in the manner recommended by your dishwasher manufacturer.

Don’t Rinse The Dishes

Practicing good dishwashing habits can help you save money on utilities. Cut down overall energy consumption by trying to use less water. Train your family to completely scrape leftover food residue off of their plates and into the trash. This will help ensure that dishes are cleaned more efficiently by your dishwasher. And, there is no need to pre-rinse if the plates are well scraped. By not rinsing the dishes before loading them into the dishwasher you’ll save thousands of gallons of water over the lifetime of your appliance, and will also save on the energy cost to heat the rinsing water. If desired, you can add a rinsing agent to your dishwasher along with detergent.

Don’t Run A Partially Full Dishwasher

Every time you run your dishwasher, you’re consuming energy. That’s why it’s important not to take the lazy way out and run a partial load. Loading your dishwasher to maximum capacity will ensure that you’re not wasting any energy, and this can save you a large chunk of change over time.

Rethink Your Dishwasher Settings

Just about every dishwasher has a heated dry dishwasher setting. When this option is selected, the dishwasher heats air to a high temperature and blows it on your dishes, glassware and flatware until they are completely dry. To save energy, turn this setting off and let your dishes air dry with the door open or opt to towel dry your glasses and dishware. This last option has the added benefit of getting the dishwasher emptied right away. If you choose to let your glassware air dry, using a rinsing agent may reduce or eliminate spotting.

Take Advantage Of Off-Peak Hours

Most utility companies have off-peak hours when electricity costs are lower. Choosing to run your dishwasher, as well as other appliances, during off-peak times can translate to savings in your utility bill.

Perfect Your Loading Habits

Check your dishwasher’s manual to find out if you’re following the manufacturer’s recommendations for dishware, glassware and flatware placement. For example, many dishwashers are designed with cleaning and spraying spouts in the center of the machine. For this type of configuration, facing the dishes inward will allow you to take full advantage of the cleaning power of the appliance.

Read our blog to learn more ways to save energy and maximize the power of your household appliances. PointClickSwitch makes it easy for you to find the best available rate for your utilities. Learn more about how we can help you save on your energy bill today.



The Independent  

Christian Science Monitor

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