If you’ve got a dishwasher, then you’ll know the total pleasure of filling it with filthy dishes and then unloading them spotlessly clean.
But what you may not know is that dishwasher is can also be one of the homes most energy sapping appliances, especially in homes where it is used a few times a day. If you’re looking to trim down your energy bill, then there may be a few things you can work into your dishwasher routine that will save a few cents.
Make sure that you only ever run the dishwasher with a full load. This is because the dishwasher will always use the same amount of water and electricity, no matter how full it is. You would fill your entire sink with hot water to wash one spoon, so don’t do it with your dishwasher.
Skip the drying cycle
If you’ve ever reached into the dishwasher just after the completion of its cycle, you’ll have felt just how hot the dishes get. That is because after washing dishwashers move into a warm air drying phase. This is a very energy intense process and can easily be skipped. Simply turn off your dishwasher after the drying phase, open the door and let the air and gravity do the hard work for you.
Go for economy
Certain dishwasher brands come with an eco setting, which may use a lower water temperature or a shorter cycle. If your dishwasher has this setting, make sure you’re using it if you want to save on the power.
Don’t rinse first
Dishwashers are powerful machines, they use very hot water and plenty of power, yet many people still rinse their dishes before they go in. Skip this step, it’s not necessary, and you’ll save time and water.
If you’ve got an old dishwasher then your machine is probably not running as efficiently as it could. Newer models are optimised for performance, so try to keep a current model.
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So there it is. And though these things may not seem like much, if you multiply their savings by the amount of dishwasher cycles your home goes through in a year then it could add up to something quite significant.