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Dishwasher Energy-Saving Tips

A few quick tips about how you can get the most out of your dishwasher while saving energy energy saving tips

In addition to utilizing water, dishwashers use energy for heating water, drying cycles, running the pump, and powering the controls. When shopping for a new dishwasher, picking an efficient model is the first step to achieving considerable energy savings (see Dishwasher Energy Efficiency). In addition, you can save energy by paying attention to how you operate your dishwasher. Here are some tips on how to use your dishwasher to its best advantage:

  • Because modern dishwashers are pretty powerful when it comes to cleaning, you can skip hand-rinsing dishes—thereby saving water—and just scrape any leftovers off your dishes.
  • Only run your dishwasher when it is full, but do not overfill it; dishes that are packed in too tightly will not come out clean and may get chipped.
  • Pick the shortest cycle that will get your dishes clean. Today’s dishwashers come with a plethora of cleaning options. Obviously, the “Power Scrub” function isn’t going to be necessary for every load, so experiment to see what meets your household’s average needs while utilizing the least amount of water.
  • Let dishes dry after the wash cycle by opening your dishwasher door, if it will not impede the flow of traffic. Or utilize the energy-saver feature if your model has one.
About Don Vandervort
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Don Vandervort developed his expertise more than 30 years ago as Building Editor for both Sunset Books and Home Magazine. He has written more than 30 home improvement books and countless magazine articles. He appeared regularly on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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