December 19, 2012

Holiday Tip: Hand Washing vs. Dishwasher

Washing dishes by hand is a chore most people dislike, especially when the dishes pile up after a delicious holiday meal.  The good news is washing dishes in a dishwasher is more economical, saves energy, saves water and saves time.

Even older models of dishwashers use less water (15 gallons) than the average American who washes dishes by hand (20 gallons).  Since 2009, Energy Star models have proven to be even greater water savers, using only about 6 gallons of water.  Hand-washing costs about $430 more in energy and water than an Energy Star dishwasher per year. Using a dishwasher rather than hand-washing can save about 5,000 gallons of water per year.

Dishwashers can easily achieve the recommended level of 140 degrees or higher for proper disinfection, whereas hand-washing cannot.  And since our time is so precious around the holidays – dishwashers save over 230 hours a year – that’s almost 10 days!

If you want to save even more in energy costs, open the door and let dishes air dry during the drying cycle. Use water wisely with your dishwasher by making sure it is full before you run it.

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  3. October 03, 2020 at 1:10 am, Andrew said:

    I really appreciate for such a wonderful article, but I would really want you to write another article focussing on how dishwashers can be used safely. I am searching a lot but haven’t find any article focussing on dishwashers safety.
    Anyways it was a good read, keep up the good work!


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