Let me start off by saying that I hate being wasteful. It’s a big pet peeve of mine. I don’t like when food doesn’t get eaten in my home prior to growing mold, I don’t like the lights being on if no one is in the room, and I don’t like unused appliances being plugged in. I think it’s careless and bothersome, not only for the finances, but for the environment as well.
If you happen to be like me, or perhaps are looking for ways to be a little more environmentally conscious, then here are a few ways to help make your dishwasher more energy efficient:
Load it to the max.
A lot of dishwashers have settings that will allow for the most extreme of washes. So fill that machine up the first time you run it.
Let dishes dry naturally.
Use your dishwasher’s air-dry option. If your dishwasher doesn’t have one, prop the door open after the final rinse to dry dishes.
Run at optimal times.
Start your dishwasher during off-peak hours. The water pressure will be better and your dishes will be cleaner if water is not being used by other appliances.
Use environmentally friendly soap.
When you run your FULL dishwasher, be sure to use eco-friendly soap. Seventh Generation is a company that makes great green soaps, but you can also make your own if you’d like.
When it comes to buying a dishwasher, go with Energy Star.
Although it may cost a little bit more money, buying an Energy Star appliance is a great way to help save water, energy, money, and time!
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