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Energy Saving Tips for Dishwasher

A dishwasher is one of the indispensable appliances in many homes today. It makes dish washing a lot easier and more convenient, thus helping you save a lot of extra time. However, the dishwasher also accounts for a big percentage in energy consumption at home. But by observing several energy-saving tips, you can greatly reduce the amount of energy you consume in dish washing.

Dishwasher Energy-Saving Tips

1. Don’t pre-rinse dishes before loading them to the dishwasher

You can save water as well as time by not pre-rinsing dishes before loading them to the dishwasher. Modern dishwashers are now powerful enough to remove all grime, grease and dirt from dishes. What you can do is to scrape-off leftover food and remove liquid from dishes and the dishwasher will take care of the rest. If there is really a need to pre-rinse, use cold water to save energy on heating.

2. Follow the instruction manual when operating dishwasher

Take time to read the instruction manual for your dishwasher and learn how to properly use it. By following the manufacturer’s instruction especially on how to load dishes, you can achieve maximum efficiency and save energy and water.

3. Utilize the “no-heat air-dry” feature to dry dishes

This feature doesn’t require heating so it lets you save energy. Use this feature if your dishwasher has one. But if you are using older models, you can simply turn off the dishwasher after the final rinse and open its door to air-dry. However, according to some users who tried this method, one major drawback of doing this is the increased spotting in dishes. But it is still worth trying; see for yourself how it will affect your dishes and how much energy you can save.

4. Dry dishes the old-fashioned way     

If you don’t like to have spots on your dishes and still save on energy, better dry the dishes the old fashioned way using a dish towel.

5. Use only the dishwasher in full loads

Regardless, if it’s half-full or fully loaded, the dishwasher will consume the same amount of water in washing so better wait until it’s fully loaded before you turn on the switch. However, be careful also not to overload it as overloading can also cause inefficiency and other malfunctions. If it takes more than a day to get a full load, you can use the rinse and hold feature if your dishwasher has. This is more economical in terms of the amount of water used in pre-rinsing each item.

6. Use the setting that has the most energy saving

Majority of newer models of dishwasher now has energy-saving cycles and settings. As most of the energy in dishwashing is consumed for heating the water, by using the “green” setting, you will be able to use less energy for the same load of dishes.

7. Practice regular dishwasher maintenance

After days or weeks of using the dishwasher, food particles and grime can accumulate in the dishwasher drain and get clogged. This in turn affects the efficiency of the dishwasher. By regularly cleaning the drain, this can maximize the full capacity of your dishwasher while consuming the same amount of energy.

These tips are not all-encompassing. You may have other tested and proven ways to save on energy in using the dishwasher. But nevertheless, by observing these simple tips, you can greatly save on energy consumption and reduce your electricity or water bill.

Thanks to Europro


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ImagePurchasing solar is personal and a lifestyle choice. Many see solar as way to lower utility bills and increase energy independence. Others see it as an environmental choice to reduce their carbon foot print and reduce pollution.

Solar is an investment on the scale of a bathroom or kitchen remodel. However, unlike these purchases, solar will pay for it self in several ways – saving energy, buffering against energy price increases, increasing the value of your home, adding curb appeal from a growing “green” consumer market and ensuring a guaranteed rate of return on the initial investment.

There is a lot of information which can be quite confusing – here are a few things to think about:

How much rooftop do you have? A standard 1 kilowatt solar panel system measures about 100 square feet. While rooftop panels can be designed big or small, it often does not make sense if you have less than 100 square feet of space. A 1 kilowatt solar panel generally produces 1,800 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year (take a look t your recent energy bills to see how much you usually use). Some solar installers won’t install unless you have at least 400 square feet of roof space.

Which direction does sunlight hit your house? Sun from the south is best, sun from the north is worst. Sun from the west and east will do the job, just less efficiently than south.
What kind of sun reaches your house? Do you have large trees, neighbors homes, etc which block sunlight? Simply put, it doesn’t make sense to put in solar panels if you don’t get much sun. In order to be economically effective you must receive southward sunlight throughout much of the day.

Can your roof handle PV panels? Solar can be installed on all types of roofs. Most installers will recommend having had your roof shingled within the previous 10 years. You don’t want to spend all this money on Solar Panels, just to have to take them down to re-shingle. Panels usually weigh about 3 pounds per square foot, so you based on the age of your home the contractor can help you determine if your home is strong enough to support the equipment.

What kind of tax incentives exist? Most states offer tax incentives for solar installation, which can save your roughly 25-50% of the cost of installation. Check out www.cansia.ca

What is the cost? I recommend shopping around to get a number of quotes. Usually systems cost about $8-12/watt, or roughly $9,000/kilowatt, but it varies greatly depending on the specific panels used, labor charges, etc.

What size system is right for me? Solar systems come in big, small, and everything in between. The size you choose is up to you, and even the smallest PV system makes a big impact on the environment. To give you an idea, the average 2000 square foot home uses 10,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.

A 4 kilowatt system (about 400 square feet of panels) will produce about 7,200 kilowatt-hours per year, covering about 75% of the total usage.

Solar may be right for you if you answer yes to any of these questions:

•    Do you want to lower your energy bills?

•    Do you want to reduce your carbon foot print and pollution from traditional energy sources?

•    Do you want to own your energy instead of renting it?

•    Do you want to buffer your budget from energy price increases?

•    Do you want energy independence?

•    Do you want an investment that provides a guaranteed rate of return?

•    Do you want to be an example in your neighborhood by owning your clean energy source?

•    Do you want to help reduce our nations dependence on fossil fuels?

Do you have any information that you would like to share regarding Solar? Leave your comment in the section below.

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