I’m one of those people who only runs the dishwasher when it’s very full. It’s an energy star dishwasher.
I pre-rinse the really dirty dishes in cool water rather than hot (because my dishwasher isn’t very good at the really tough stuff).
I bought a year’ worth of Electrasol dishwasher tablets last winter when they were 29 cents a box (after coupons, of course).
I try to arrange the dishes in my dishwasher so that they get as clean as possible.
I thought I’d pretty much figured every way I could make running my dishwasher as inexpensive as possible.
And then, I had one of those, “Well, DUH” moments.
I recently noticed that my dishwasher has a delay start on it, which means, I can program my dishwasher to run 2, 4 or 6 hours later.
I realized that if I used this feature, I could take advantage of my electric company’s off peak rates by waiting to run the dishwasher until after 10 p.m. By waiting until later to run my dishwasher, it would cost me less to run it.
Then I realized that the dishwasher does use some power when it’s programmed to run after 10 p.m., but I’m too forgetful to remember to just turn on the dishwasher before I go to bed. I figure I’m still saving enough money to make it worthwhile.
What are some ways you save money with your dishwasher?