There are lots of little actions that you can take around your house that will make a big difference, both for your pocketbook and for the earth.
One area where you can make a big difference is the way you use your dishwasher.
Think you shouldn’t be using your dishwasher? A study by the University of Bonn showed that dishwashers were more economical and ecological than hand washing, even for single-person households.
According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACE3), you should only run full loads. The dishwasher will use the same amount of energy and water whether it’s washing 10 dishes or 30.
Pre-rinsing isn’t recommended either. Most newer dishwashers are powerful enough to do a thorough job without any help. If the dishes will be sitting for a while before you run the next cycle, then use cold water to do your rinsing.
ACE3 also suggests using the no-heat, air-dry feature if your dishwasher has that option.
I like to run our dishwasher in the evenings during the summer, so I’m not adding extra heat to our house.
Have any energy-saving tips when it comes to dishwashing?