With living costs on the rise, many of us are on the lookout for ways we can cut down on our day to day household expenses. One recommended way to curb your costs is by investing in energy efficient appliances. But how much do you know about making those appliances work for you in the most efficient way?
This week we’re looking at dishwashers. We already know that dishwashers use less water than hand washing, with the average sink holding 20-25 litres of water and the average dishwasher using only 13L (our Dishlex, which is on offer as one of our affordable Thrive upgrade options, uses approx 11.6L). However, you could be unknowingly increasing your usage if you’re making any of the below mistakes.
1. Don’t hand-rinse your dishes beforehand.
Unless you’re using a dinosaur of a dishwasher, you don’t need to pre rinse by hand. Blasting your tap to rinse off your dishes is firstly, a waste of water and secondly, if you’re using hot water, a waste of energy. Scrape your dishes instead. Many models, our Dishlex included, have a prewash function which is great for heavy soiling.
2. Use the right program.
Sounds simple, right? But so many of us don’t do it, choosing to go with a generic (sometimes pre-set) program which, although effective for many different types of loads, is usually not the most efficient. Take the time to learn about the programs your dishwasher offers, what they’re best suited for and how much water and energy is used by each program. Our Dishlex model features a water-saving Eco program, which is a great go-to for everyday loads.
3. Wash during off-peak periods.
We’re all wanting to use our hot water and appliances before and after work, however the high demand at these times also means increased rates. It might take a bit of planning and maybe a shift in routine, but if you start using your dishwasher during off peak times only (which usually start around 8-10pm and finish about 7am) this can lead to a saving on your water and energy bills. Speak to your provider to find out what your peak vs. off peak charges are, then try washing only during off peak times for one whole quarter to see how much you save.
4. Avoid having to run the load more than once.
We’ve all been there - opening up the dishwasher to find it hasn’t quite done the job, and having to run it again. Hello, wastage! Avoid this with a few simple steps.
- Stack it correctly. Resist the urge to shove in those one or two remaining items that aren’t quite fitting! This can compromise the whole wash, creating blind spots where the water jets can’t reach.
- Make sure the spray arms can rotate freely. Once the dishwasher is stacked, give them a spin - if they are hitting anything or getting stuck, the dishwasher won’t work properly.
- Keep it clean. Every few months, run a cycle on the hottest wash temp possible with the dishwasher empty. In the top basket, place an open dishwasher-safe container with a cup of vinegar in it, to flush out grease and grime and remove odours.
We hope these tips will help cut down your costs! Stay tuned for next week’s blog where we look into how to save on heating and cooling our homes. If you had any questions for our Thrive Experts about the appliances we install in our Thrive Homes, feel free to get in touch with us here.