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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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ImageThere’s nothing quite like grilling fish, burgers, kabobs, or steak in the backyard or the local park on a warm summer night. It’s one of our greatest and most enduring culinary pastimes. But cleaning the grill afterward? If you don’t want your burger tasting like last week’s chicken, then cleaning it is a must! And if you’re put off by the idea that you need to use harsh cleaners to do the job right, banish that thought. It isn’t true.

The simplest, best “green” tools are, and always have been, a stiff wire grill brush, a sturdy spatula or spackle knife, tongs, a wadded up paper towel, and inexpensive vegetable oil. The best time to use these tools is when your grill is hot. It’s much easier to clean the grill is hot than when it’s cold.

To prevent the need for laborious cleaning sessions, follow these simple steps every time you use your grill:

1. Preheat the grill for 15 minutes.

2. Scrape the grill grate with a stiff wire grill brush.

3. Grab a wadded up paper towel with grill tongs and dampen it with vegetable oil.

4. Use tongs to rub the oily paper towel over the grill grate.

The grill brush scrapes off large bits of debris, and the oil and paper towel remove the finer soot. This keeps past flavors from permeating your food. In addition, oil lubricates the grill and helps prevent sticking, which prevents the build-up of stuck-on food. This makes cleanup a lot easier.

You should also regularly tackle the area below the grate or on the underside of the lid, but only when the grill has cooled off. Here’s how:

1. Remove the grill grate.

2. Use a spatula or spackle knife to scrape out and discard any carbonized debris from the heat diffuser, which is often a metal plate resting above the burners.

3. Scrape out and remove as much debris as possible from the cookbox below the heat diffuser.

4. Use the spatula or spackle knife to scrape out and discard any carbonized debris from the underside of the lid.

Depending on how often you use your grill, you’ll want to clean the outside on occasion as well. To do so, use a sponge or paper towel and a citrus-based degreaser. Avoid those with artificial fragrances, orange “impostors” (such as d-limonene), or harsh ingredients.

If you have any other easy ideas to clean the grill, please share below in the comments section. We would love to hear back from you. 

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Here are the latest “Summer Energy Tips” from morEnergy  to save energy. This top ten energy-saving checklist will not only save electricity, but save you money on your power bills over the hot summer months.  Since home energy costs can skyrocket during these months, keep the following tips in mind to keep your expenses under control.
Summer Energy Saving Checklist: 
1. Wash clothes in cold water to save $63 a year.
2. Install a programmable thermostat to save up to 10% on cooling and heating costs.

 3. Use your window shades. Close blinds on the sunny side in summer to keep out the hot sun, and open them in winter to bring in warm rays.

4. Turn off all lights, appliances and electronics not in use. A power strip can help turn off multiple items at once. (Sometimes the simplest things are really effective!)

5. Change to new and improved light bulbs. Reduce energy use from about a third to as much as 80% with today’s increasing number of energy-efficient halogen incandescents, CFLs and LEDs.

6. Look for the Energy Star label, the government’s symbol of energy efficiency, on a wide range of consumer products to save up to 30% on related electricity bills.

7. Use low-flow faucets and shower heads to save on water bills.

8. Clean or change filters regularly. A dirty furnance or A/C filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool.

9. Reduce water heater temperature to 130° F to save energy and money on heating water; and wrap the water storage tank in a specially-designed “blanket” to retain the heat.

10. Seal air leaks and properly insulate to save up to 20% on heating and cooling bills, while also increasing home comfort.

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