Want to Save Money and Electricity?
Use the Energy Saving Air-Dry Cycle on Your Dishwasher

By Dan Davenport

Dishwashers use a great deal of energy during the drying cycle. You can save money and energy by avoiding the dry cycle. The easiest way is to take advantage of the "Air-Dry" feature on newer dishwashers. This will automatically end the cycle after the last rinse and pop open the door to let the dishes dry naturally. If you have an older dishwasher without the air-dry feature, just open the door after the last rinse to stop the cycle there and let the dishes dry. This works when you only have one load to do (which you should do in the late evening), but careful planning may let you do one load during the day, air dry it, then another load in the evening, and then air dry that load also.

This may not work well after a party when you have several loads of dishes to wash, but for everyday use, washing the dishes at the end of the day allows you to open the dishwasher door after the last rinse and let the dishes air dry overnight.

Loaded DishwasherRemember also: save money by only washing full loads. Running the dishwasher with less than a full load uses the same amount of hot water and electricity as a full load ... same energy, fewer dishes cleaned. This is not a good use of energy, and you pay for too much electricity.

The important thing is always think about energy use when using your dishwasher by always washing full loads and using the energy saving "air-dry." You will save a great deal of power, lower your utility bills, and reduce the resources needed to create that power. Even if you create the power with your own wind and solar generators, if you use less washing dishes, you will have more for other things.

Dan Davenport has wants the world to be a greener place -- intelligently.

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