Energy tip #14: use your dishwasher for good, not for evil
Got a dishwasher? If you happen to have an dishwasher and are running it on a daily basis, there are a few small things you can do to cut down on energy use.
- Don’t run the dishwasher’s dry cycle. Simply stop the dishwasher and let your fine china air dry, or just put a towel to them.
- Turn down the water temperature on the dishwasher to 120° F (also see Tip #13).
- Use the energy efficient setting if available.
- Pack your dishwasher efficiently.
- Only run full loads.
Admittedly, this is more along the lines of a mini-tip and won’t fund your monthly coffee, but it might get you a few extra brewed awakenings. Also, it’s a reminder that there are many modern conveniences that we should stop to evaluate on occassion to assess their impact and necessity.
$/dishwasher load: $.08-.09
CO2 savings/yr: 100 lbs.
79 people last week pledged to turn the knob on their water heater for $ and CO2 savings (Tip #13). At roughly 2250 lbs. of CO2 per pledge, that’s a whopping savings of 177,750 lbs. Well done. This is the equivalent of 17 passenger cars not being driven for an entire year.