With these days of high energy costs, it behooves us to go as lightly on energy consumption as possible. Dishwashers are especially efficient. They use less energy than washing dishes by hand. Clothes washers are comparable if cool or cold water is used. The use of hot water can spike up your power bill. The good news is that the new fabrics don’t need hot water, and work clothes can be presoaked and pretreated for grease and stains before beginning the washing cycle.
Dishwashers are very cost and energy effective. They are efficient by nature and use less water than washing the same amount of dishes by hand. they do require the water heater to be set slightly higher than needed to wash dishes by hand, but overall dishwashers are energy savers. The major drawback is the drying cycle, which is not actually necessary. Dishes will dry all by themselves without any heat. Just leave the door of the dishwasher open for ventilation.
Run only full loads and use the short cycle for easily washed loads. Scrape dishes and if you rinse, use cold water.
Dishwashers are certainly time savers, especially if you have a large family or entertain a lot. I usually run a load of dishes every other day for the two of us. When we have people in, more often.
Some clothes washer are more variable in energy use and operation but the key energy saving point is the fewest gallons of water per pound of clothes. Always rinse your clothes in cold water. Hot water doesn’t make the clothes any cleaner during the rinse cycle.
Some energy saving rules to remember:
Fill to load levels only.
Use the coolest wash water possible.
Lightly soiled clothes can be done entirely in cold water.
Always rinse in cold water.
Pretreat grease spots or stains.
Presoak heavily soiled clothing.
Sort clothes by type to save hot water.
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