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Why should you worry about ways to save energy with your dishwasher? Like most busy moms, time-saving appliances and gadgets are high on my list of must-have items. If something can save me 30 minutes a day without sacrificing quality, I’m all for it. That’s 30 more minutes a day I can do something else – like grab a latte or read a good book at the end of the day. Just because I’m looking to save time, doesn’t mean that I am willing to waste energy.
10 Ways to Save Energy With Your Dishwasher
When Marty and I were remodeling the kitchen, we gave some serious thought to installing a dishwasher. With six people in the house, I spend a lot of time washing dishes. Yes, I could delegate but I like the way they come out when I do them. A dishwasher would save a lot of time, but ultimately we decided our kitchen was just too small to accommodate even the smallest dishwasher. If you are lucky enough to have a dishwasher, here are a few ways to save.
Set the dishwasher on low temperature or eco-saving mode. You don’t need to run the dishwasher on the highest water temperature in order to get clean dishes.
When you replace your machine choose one that is rated high in energy and water efficiency. Each dishwasher sold should have an energy rating with an Energy Star sticker on the front. Compare carefully to choose the best choice for your family.
Fill the dishwasher completely before you run it to make the most of the energy, water, and detergent you use. If you only need one or two dishes or bowls from the dishwasher and it isn’t full yet, wash them by hand to save energy.
Perform regular maintenance to ensure hoses are not plugged and drains are clear. If you notice a problem, call a repairman immediately rather than waiting until the dishwasher leaks all over the kitchen. You will save money in the long run.
Skip the pre-wash cycle. Wipe off any existing food pieces into the trash before you load the dishwasher. You should not have to run a pre-wash on a normal cycle if you rinse the dishes off before you add them to the dishwasher.
Reduce the amount of heat you use by selecting the no heat or energy saver cycle during drying time. When the cycle is done, allow the dishes to dry naturally by opening the door rather than running a drying cycle.
Off Peak Rates
Run your dishwasher in the evening during off peak electric rate cycles. Keep in mind that not all electric utilities offer off-peak rates. Be sure to call your electric company to see if they do.
Load dishes according to the manufacturer’s directions to ensure you’re fitting the most dishes possible in the dishwasher. If you have an oddly shaped item that will block most of the other dishwasher slots, consider washing it by hand.
Don’t Block the Water
Don’t put any large pots or pans over the water distribution outlet. This will prevent the dishwasher from working properly. If the water cannot properly reach all of the dishes, they won’t come clean.
Choose a dishwashing detergent made to work in eco-saving mode that has enough power to remove any stuck on food. Running your dishes through twice is never a way to save money.
Do you have any ways to save energy that I’ve missed?
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.