When it comes to washing up, a dishwasher ultimately beats handwashing every time. Not only do you get a more hygienic clean, and save a lot of water, but you can also save yourself money on your energy bills.
What are the energy benefits to using a dishwasher?
Lower water and electricity bills
There are a few ways that manually washing dishes can build make the money stack up.
The cost of heating water that is used when you are handwashing your dishes is something that can often be overlooked, and, as a result, it can quickly add up on your bills. Little savings can add up over time. Although it may not feel like it, by using a dishwasher on a regular basis, in an efficient way, your dishwasher is effectively paying for itself with the amount of money you save every year.
Saving on the smaller things
It is also important to consider that when you are handwashing your dishes it doesn’t just end when the washing up is done. You also have to invest time and money into making sure you keep your sponges or dish rags as sanitary as possible, which means running the washing machine, and equally buying new ones to replace them regularly.
Not only do you cut the cost of your energy bill because water is not being continually heated when handwashing dishes, you also remove the need to constantly wash and replace dish rags.
Reducing your carbon footprint
If you make a conscious effort to protect the environment as much as possible, this is something that is going to have a profound effect on your decision to invest in a dishwasher. Unlike, handwashing your dishes, a dishwasher uses a smaller amount of water and electricity to clean your dirt dishes, thus reducing your carbon footprint. If you also opt to use the energy-saving programme, you can further reduce the amount of energy you use.
Further tips for reducing the costs:
- First and foremost you should always make sure that you switch your dishwasher on when it is full.
If you switch your machine on when it’s partly full, dishes will stack up around your kitchen while you wait for the cycle to end. Check out Finish’s guide on how to stack your dishwasher if you need any help on how to fill your machine efficiently.
- Make sure that you clean your dishwasher once a month
Finish Dishwasher Cleaner has helps maintain your machine by cleaning parts of the dishwasher that you can’t see including removing limescale and clearing built-up grease.
- Use a powerful detergent
Finish has the Powerball to tackle even stubborn foods so there’s no need to pre-rinse any of your dishes, saving you money on your water usage.
- Opt for the energy-saving/eco mode on your machine
Although it may take longer to wash your dishes, energy saving modes use less water than other dishwasher cycles and use about 20% less energy.
As mentioned before, dishwashers are more effective than handwashing in many areas. Not only can they save you money, but they also saves you time and energy so you can spend more time with your family and friends.
What would you do with all the money you save?
* based on the 53 washes per year