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    There is a debate as to whether washing dishes by hand or using a dishwasher saves more money. This is because different studies have come to different conclusions in support of each. The issue that matters and will tell you which is more efficient for you is the way that you typically wash dishes when you do so by hand.

    Some studies have shown that using a dishwasher requires about one-third less water than when washing dishes by hand. Other studies have shown, however, that if you fill the wash and rinse basins instead of letting the water run when washing dishes by hand, you'll use about half as much water as a dishwasher.

    Therefore, if you use running water when washing by hand, the dishwasher is probably more efficient while if you wash dishes by filling the sink tubs, washing by hand is more energy efficient.

    How To Save Money On Your Dishwasher:

    1) Run the dishwasher only when it is full. A typical dishwasher costs about $60 to $100 a year to run with 80% of the cost due to heating the water needed for it. Running a partially filled dishwasher two times will use twice as much energy as running a full load once since dishwashers don't have different load size settings.

    2) Purchase a dishwasher that requires less hot water. Dishwashers differ in the amount of hot water used in the wash cycle. The manufacturer's specifications or the Energy Guide label should list this information.

    3) Check to see if your purchase of an energy efficient dishwasher will qualify for a state tax credit. Some states offer tax credits on your personal income tax when you purchase an energy-efficient dishwasher model.

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    4) Do not install your dishwasher next to your refrigerator. The heat and moisture given off by the dishwasher will increase the refrigerator's energy consumption. If you must put them next to each other, place a sheet of foam between them for insulation.

    5) If your dishwasher has an "economy" or "energy saving" setting, use it.

    6) If you have a choice between an "air-dry" and "heat-dry" setting on your dishwasher, choose the air dry setting. It will use 15% to 50% less energy than the heat-dry setting.

    7) Turn your dishwasher off after the final rinse and open the door. It will take some time for the dishes to dry, but they will dry without using any energy.

    8) If your dishwasher has a "rinse hold" setting, you want to avoid this option. This rinse hold setting typically uses an extra 3 to 7 gallons of hot water for each wash.

    9) Choose the shortest wash cycle on your dishwasher. A short cycle uses less energy and will work just as well on everything but the dirtiest of dishes.

    10) Although many newer dishwashers do not require you to rinse dishes off before loading, many people still do. If you prefer to pre-rinse your dishes, use cold water to do so.

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    Re: Dishwasher - Money Saving Tips

    This is hearsay (sp), but a friend of mine has a brother who use to sell dishwashers. He told her that dishes get cleaner if they are not rinsed first. The reason is that the food particles help to scrub the dishes. Since she told me that, I no longer pre-rinse.

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    • #3
      Re: Dishwasher - Saving Money Tips

      Here's another dishwasher tip : Use rinse agent. Make sure the rinse agent reservoir is full. The finse agent helps rinse away the food particles that may be left after a load is put through the washing cycle. If the rinse agent is low, everything may not rinse fully away, and you may end up with icky dishes or dull ones. Unless you like this quality in your dishes, you're going to wash them again. This takes water and energy. In the end, what did you save??

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      • #4
        Re: Dishwasher - Saving Money Tips

        When I run my dishwasher I dont run the drying cycle I think maybe that would save energey unsure though. I also have not bought dishwasher soap in over 2 years because of coupons, I was able to get tons for free so that has helped with the cost of the dishwasher.

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        • #5
          Re: Dishwasher - Saving Money Tips

          Do you get free smaples through the mail? I used to get them but they stopped coming after a few weeks. Do you specifically request them, or subscribe to a magazine they come in? I guess I'm not as lucky as you...

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          • #6
            Re: Dishwasher - Saving Money Tips

            also you can run vinegar in it. That helps keeps the dishwasher and the dishes clean, and everything unclogged some.

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            • #7
              Re: Dishwasher - Saving Money Tips

              And do you put vinegar in it at the start of the cycle or on rinse?

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              • #8
                Re: Dishwasher - Saving Money Tips

                I ran my icky dishwasher with just vinegar twice, no luck getting the yucky stff out anyone have any other suggestions to get it clean? (besides scrubbing with a toothbrush.)

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                • #9
                  Re: Dishwasher - Saving Money Tips

                  I clean my dishwasher once a month by running it empty I add a little bleach in the resovoir

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                  • #10
                    Re: Dishwasher - Saving Money Tips

                    I don't know how to clean an icky dishwasher, but I save on detergent by buying any brand on sale, and mixing it 50/50 with baking soda. I use 2 T per load. I also only run my dishwasher in the late evening.

                    Just my 2 cents ,

                    Tami

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                    • #11
                      Re: Dishwasher - Saving Money Tips

                      Actually DH finally scrubbed it with a toothbrush, he is wonderful

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                      • #12
                        Re: Dishwasher - Saving Money Tips

                        I've heard that you can run it with a package of cheap lemonaid kool-ade (the generic stuff). The citric acid is supposed to clean the gunk.

                        I've heard that not rinsing makes dishes cleaner and I know it was true in my old dishwasher, but this POS the landlord put in sucks. Even if I get every single food particle off, there will still occasionally be grit on the dishes (I have no idea where it comes from, we use liquid detergent).

                        We also have extremely hard water. I've never seen water this hard. It actually eats away at fixtures if they aren't dried off as soon as they get wet.

                        I'm at my wit's end with this water. I can't handle washing dishes by hand (the water running down my elbows sets me over an edge and I absolutely lose it).

                        I do use vinegar in the rinse aid container, but baking soda seemed to make it worse.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Dishwasher - Saving Money Tips

                          Consumer Reports recently listed the Great Value brand dishwasher detergent (powder) from Wal-Mart as a great value! I've been using this detergent for a year or so, and it's only around $2 for a box (compared to $6 for Cascade, my previous brand).

                          Also, I'm of the ilk that you should ALWAYS rinse your dishes before loading them in the dishwasher. Otherwise, the food disposer inside the washer gets all gunked up, shortening the life of your machine. That's what I've always been told. My Mom's had the same dishwasher for 10 years, and it runs like new. Also, if you use powder, NEVER overfill the dispenser. It wreaks havoc on the draining mechanism.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Dishwasher - Saving Money Tips

                            A repair man told me to run my hot water at the sink first. When it gets hot fill up the dishwasher. Otherwise you're filling your washer with cold water. Also if you have soft water, you only need to fill the soap cup half full.

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                            • #15
                              Waiting until it is full is a good tip. Using it at only half full all the time would use more water.

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