Save Money Using Your Dishwasher

Save Money Using Your Dishwasher

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

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  1. Stop the dishwasher before the drying cycle.
  2. Open the door to let the dishes air dry.
  3. Always use the economy button where possible.
  4. 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.
  5. Scrape, don’t rinse, off large food pieces and bones.
  6. Soaking or pre-washing is generally only recommended in cases of burned-food or dried-on food.
  7. Be sure your dishwasher is full and not overloaded when you run it.
  8. 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.

In Conclusion

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.

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20 thoughts on “Save Money Using Your Dishwasher”

  1. Hello! Thank you for this post. i never thought of these tips to save money while using my dishwasher. Your advise is definitely useful and those tips are very easy to follow. Saving money can be that simple sometimes. I didn’t even think of simply stopping the dishwasher before the drying cycle!

    Reply
    • Hi Katerina,

      Thanks for your comments. It looks like the article provided some ideas that you can put in place and save some money. My granny always said that money saved is better than money earned. If the money saving idea is easy to put in place, that is even better again.

      Thanks for taking time out to provide your comments.

      Cheers,

      David

      Reply
  2. Being a bachelor whose apartment sometimes looks like a hurricane hit it, great tips!

    I’ve been trying to find ways to cut down on my utility bills and there’s a lot of common sense here, and those saving DO add up over the long-term. Keep up the good work and keep the recommendations coming!

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    • Hi,

      I am thrilled and excited that you find that these are great tips. That helps to make my day. 🙂

      Happy savings.

      Cheers,

      David

      Reply
  3. Hi David,
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    • Hi Leo,

      Thank you. I like to tackle things on two fronts in connection with money – saving money and making money. Money saved is better than money earned is an old saying. If people can save money and make additional money, it can add greatly to the bottom line, which is what most people these days are concerned about, as long as the savings are not ‘false’ savings, you are on a winner.

      Thanks for dropping by and more importantly, leaving a comment.

      Cheers,

      David

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    • Hello again, Leo,

      Thank you very much.

      If learning how to build your own website is something that you would like to do, learning how and doing the work in the comfort of your own home, at your own pace and not having to go out on cold winter nights (ok, that bit is a few months away 🙂 ), you could start learning here.

      You too could have a great website up and running.

      Cheers,
      David

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  5. Great tips on saving with dishwashers! I will actually be implementing these where i can.

    Quick question, how were you able to put the amazon window inside your content? I struggled with this, every time i tried to do it i would end up publishing the code.

    Anyway, great tips! Thanks for showing us the way to savings!

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    • Hi Damian,

      Thanks for your comments on my saving money with your dishwasher article. Below is my answer to your question:

      If you are using WordPress, use the “text” editor (not the “visual” editor) so that it allows you to edit the “text”.

      The code looks like this without the extra spaces:

      < d i v s t y l e = " d i s p l a y : b l o c k; f l o a t : r i g h t ; w i d t h : 3 0 0 p x ; h e i g h t : 2 5 0 p x ; m a r g i n : 1 0 p x ; " >

      The code from Amazon

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      Remove the extra spaces when you bring the code across.
      If I don’t have the extra spaces here, your browser will perform the code. 🙂

      This code assumes that the Amazon box is 300 x 250 in size and puts the Amazon box on the right of the block of code being used.

      Cheers,

      David

      Reply
  6. I love your post on dishwasher savings tops. I already do some of these things, like opening the door before the dying cycle comes around. That is a huge saving right there.

    Unfortunately, I had a rather low end unit that didn’t wash well if I didn’t pre-rinse my dishes first.

    Good tips. When I get out to shop for a new dishwasher I will look for one like you suggested.

    Reply
    • Hi Debra,

      Thanks for loving my post on dishwasher savings tips. I hope when you get your new dishwasher, it will perform really well for you.

      If you are ready to start making money (to earn the money to buy your new dishwasher), have a look at becoming an affiliate.

      Kind Regards,

      David

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  7. Hi David.
    Great article! I have never thought about stopping the dishwasher before drying. And i will defenitely check my manual to set the water heater to a lower temperature. So simple things that most of us doesn’t think about.

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    • Hi Athanasia,

      You are welcome. Hope you save loads.

      Cheers,
      David

      Reply
  8. I have never considered air drying the dishes before. It makes a lot of sense for saving energy compared to what is used by having the dishwasher do the whole cycle. I also did not realize or think to turn down the heat setting within the dishwasher either.
    Thanks for the great tips.

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    • Hi Travis,

      You are welcome. Glad you like the tips. You will save money every day with your dishwasher using these tips.

      Regards,
      David

      Reply
  9. Hey thank you for this dishwasher saving tips. I have a dishwasher and I noticed that my water bill is kinda high. I think my dishwasher make my bill high. I will try these tips to save money. But I have some questions. How long does it take to notice that my bill goes down? Is this things really effective?

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    • Hi John,

      If your water bill is high, you need to see if you can determine why.

      If you can read the water meter, you should take a reading late at night, and consume as little water as you can overnight and take a reading the next morning. If the difference can not be explained away, you may have a water leak.

      Flushing the toilet consumes quite a bit of water as well, baths and showers also consume water as does washing and rinsing clothes.

      If your water supplier has a web site, you should see what advice they offer. They may also have some average figures for you, then you could see if your consumption is in line with that. If your consumption is high compared to that, you need to determine where the consumption is, your water supplier service department may be able to help you there.

      Kind Regards,

      David

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  10. Some good information, thank you. I hadn’t realised that there was such a difference in the amount of water that is used between the older dishwashers and the new dishwashers. Do you think that the dishwasher drawers are good then, this is what I was thinking of getting because if you only have a small load then you can just use one drawer, surely that has to save on water. Cheers Kerry

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    • Hi Kerry,

      Drawer dishwashers are small and ideal where space is limited. One of the ideas is that you can wash smaller loads more often, great if you don’t have many items that need to be washed. Also drawer dishwashers are pretty quiet. I have heard that they can have problems if you put too many items into them. The dishes need to be rinsed correctly before using the machine if you want your dishes to be cleaned correctly. 🙂

      I recommend that you follow the guidelines provided by the drawer dishwashers. I would suggest that before purchase, you ask a drawer dishwasher sales person how much dishes to put in and for general suggestions on how to get the best value from your purchase. I would also ask about what the warranty is to be sure that if it does need outside attention that you are covered. 🙂

      I find for purchase of electrical appliances, it is actually best to go to the physical store, and see for yourself the different options. Have a list of questions for the sales person before going to the physical store and ask those questions. A good sales person will answer your questions and you are better informed about your options. If the sales person pushes too hard for the sale now and you are not ready to purchase, just say that you are in research mode. 🙂

      Kind Regards,

      David

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