This discusses some ways to save with dishwashers. This should give you some good ideas that should help you to save money using your dishwasher.
Most of the energy used by a dishwasher is for water heating. Therefore it is worth checking the manual that came with your dishwasher for the manufacturer’s recommendations on water temperature as many have internal heating elements that allow you to set the water heater to a lower temperature.
This is one I found very interesting and actually surprising. Rather than hand washing dishes, use your dishwasher. The reason is that hand washing uses more water than the dishwasher. This hand washing water is heated expensively.
Ways To Save Money Using Your Dishwasher
- Stop the dishwasher before the drying cycle.
- Open the door to let the dishes air dry.
- Always use the economy button where possible.
- Check the manual that came with your dishwasher for the manufacturer’s recommendations on water temperature; many have internal heating elements that allow you to set the water heater to a lower temperature.
- Scrape, don’t rinse, off large food pieces and bones.
- Soaking or pre-washing is generally only recommended in cases of burned-food or dried-on food.
- Be sure your dishwasher is full and not overloaded when you run it.
- Avoid using the rinse hold on your machine for just a few soiled dishes. It uses loads of hot water each use.
Long-Term Savings Tip
When shopping for a new dishwasher, look for the label to find one that uses less water and energy.
Newer dishwashers that use less water and energy use 5.8 gallons of water per cycle or less.
Older dishwashers purchased before 1994 use more than 10 gallons of water per cycle.
Some of these tips on saving money with your dishwasher are fairly easy to implement straight away. Now that you know these, you are in a position to implement these ideas straight away and hopefully you too will save money with your dishwasher.