An energy efficient dishwasher can help you save significant on your energy bill; in this article we will try to give you some useful insights on dishwasher energy efficiency.
Energy factor is the metric to measure energy efficiency of a dishwasher. The latest minimum energy factor that is allowed for standard capacity dishwashers is 0.46. As this number goes higher the dishwasher efficiency increases in terms of energy consumption i.e. higher the energy factor, higher will be the dishwasher energy efficiency. Below given tips can improve your dishwasher’s energy factor and get good cleaning results:
Watch Your Water Temperature
Hot water is the most important thing in getting good clean results from the dishwasher. Lesser the amount of hot water needed to clean the dishes better the energy efficiency of the dishwasher will be. More than 75% of the energy used by the dishwasher goes for heating the water. It has to be just right; too hot water means waste of energy and too cold just won’t clean the dishes.
Set the temperature
Set the temperature of the dishwasher at 130 degrees Fahrenheit to effectively remove all stains and food particles leftover in the dishes without wasting any energy. It is also recommended by most manufacturers and detergent companies.
Observe dishwasher temperature by placing a thermometer inside the dishwasher to determine if the temperature is appropriate. If above or below 130 degrees, adjust your hot water heater.
Running Hot Water
Run Hot Water in the Kitchen Sink. This is the easiest thing you can do to keep the pipes clean and running. Before turning on the dishwasher run hot water in the kitchen sink for a minute. This will get hot water flowing through your pipes and start the wash cycle off with hot water rather than cold.
Avoid Dishwasher Delay Cycle
In simple words keep your dishwasher’s efforts at the minimum in heating the water. Filling the dishwasher’s tub with cold water for first few cycles is an extra effort for the dishwasher and consumes more energy. This could be easily avoided.
Avoid Heated Dry Setting
Dishes can air dry without the use of heated air.·This can produce substantial energy savings.
Run Full Loads Only
Running only a portion of a load will use the same amount of energy and water as a full load. Don’t be wasteful.
Avoid Pre-rinsing of Dishes.
Scraping off leftover food is sufficient; a good dishwasher should be able to loosen and remove most food particles, even sticky ones. Soaking or pre-washing of dishes usually only necessary when something is burned or baked on.