Saving energy to cut your electric bill can be as simple as making a few adjustments in some of your normal routines and household chores. Today, we'll focus on the dishwasher and what you can do to make it run more efficiently while saving energy. In fact, did you know washing dishes by hand actually uses more energy and water than running a full load in the dishwasher? Read on to learn more.
1. If possible when setting up your kitchen, place your dishwasher away from your refrigerator. Your fridge will have to work harder because of the heat coming from the dishwasher.
2. Only run your dishwasher when you have a full load. Running it below capacity wastes water and you won't get the same cleaning power as you do with a fully loaded dishwasher.
3. Lower the water temperature to 120 degrees. Most dishwasher are set to heat water to 145 degrees, but all of the heat is not necessary. Bump it down about 20 degrees and the only difference you'll notice is in your electric bill.
4. Instead of using the heated drying setting, let your dishes air dry in the dishwasher. It might take a little longer to dry dishes, but it's a great way to save energy. You can also prop the dishwasher drawer open to circulate air as your dishes are drying.
5. If it's time to replace your dishwasher, be sure to choose a dishwasher that is rated for energy and water efficiency. Look for Energy Star rated appliances, which use 25% less energy than the mandated minimum.
6. There's no need to pre-rinse your dishes. Unlike older models, dishwashers now are powerful enough to clean your dishes thoroughly. Washing by hand is often just a waste of water and time.
7. Read the manual. While most dishwashers operate the same way, you never know what specific features your dishwasher may have to help save energy or run more efficiently. Lost the manual? You can do a quick Google search with your model number to find it online.
These tips may not save you a significant amount each month, but over time you'll be making a substantial savings. Plus, you might just extend the life of your dishwasher and save yourself some time as well. For more energy saving tips, follow the NREMC Facebook page.