Myth Debunking: Are Dishwashers or Hand Washing Cheaper?
Is your hydro bill getting so high, it’s bringing you down?
With more restrictions on water and energy usage, the need to be more energy efficient is becoming more important to many households. You might be wondering if cutting down your dishwasher usage will save you water and energy, which might be the case. Keep reading to find out how cleaning your dishes in your dishwasher is actually more efficient than hand washing.
Energy Efficient Machines
As technology advances, so do our appliances. Most dishwashers now come with the environment in mind, and come with greener settings, such as light wash or rinse cycles. In fact, most modern dishwashers, such as models offered by Kenmore, use less water to clean dishes than you would handwashing in the sink. This is due to that advanced technology we mentioned; these dishwashers have sensors to monitor how much water it needs to clean your dishes, and will decrease the amount if needed, rather than you filling up an entire sink of water.
Don’t believe us? Researchers in Europe actually did a study for one year with over 200 households; they found that homes with a dishwasher used up to 30% less energy and 50% less water than homes that didn’t have a dishwasher.
Better at Cleaning
The advanced technology not only makes dishwashers cheaper to use and more energy efficient, but they are better at cleaning your dishes. Dishwasher can heat water up to temperatures that our skin can’t handle, which is better for killing germs and bacteria left behind by food that can make us sick.
Also, some dishwashers come with sensors to monitor the cleanliness of the water, and will filter out dirty water so that your dishes actually get cleaned, while still using less water than you would to clean them by hand.
Other Environmentally Friendly Tips
Keep these environmentally friendly tips in mind to keep saving on money and energy:
Know when to hand wash: Some dishes are actually better to hand wash. Sharp knives are better washed by hand as they can damage the racks in your dishwasher, or become dull when they get constantly bumped against other dishes. Large pots and pans for instance take up a lot of room in your dishwasher; free up space by washing these by hand. Dishes made from plastic should also be washed by hand as they can melt or get deformed by the high temperatures in your dishwasher, and some can even release chemicals when washed in the dishwasher.
Buy an environmentally friendly dishwasher: If you’re in the market for a new dishwasher, consider getting one that has the environment in mind. A lot of major appliance brands are carrying eco-friendly dishwashers nowadays, so do your research and find a model that works for you.
Take advantage of green settings: You don’t have to go out and buy a specific eco-friendly dishwasher to be environmentally friendly. A lot of modern dishwashers come with eco-friendly settings already, like light cycles, quick rinses or the option to turn off heated drying to conserve energy. Take a look at your owner’s manual and see what options your dishwasher has.
Don’t forget to keep your Kenmore dishwasher well maintenanced and in good condition. A damaged machine won’t work as effectively, which will continue to eat up your energy and cost you more money.