Looking for an easy dishwasher tip that will help save you both energy and money? Of course, you are! Read on!

It’s been quite some time since I last shared an easy energy-saving tip, so this dishwasher energy-saving tip is long overdue. I know what you’re thinking – dishwashers are not entirely the sexiest of subjects, but bear with me, please!  

Aren’t Dishwashers Already Eco-Friendly?

I know you’re also thinking that yes, yes, yes, you know that dishwashers are more energy-efficient than washing dishes by hand. And you know all about plastic-free dishwasher detergent. It’s understandable then, that you’re feeling quite smug about your eco credentials whilst your dishwasher gently hums in the corner.

A Super Simple Dishwasher Tip to Save Energy

But don’t stop there! Let’s go further than that and learn a clever dishwasher tip that allows you to save a whole heap more energy without any additional expense or effort.

Open The Door

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My tip is simple. Did you know that simply opening your dishwasher door after the final rinse ends, and letting your dishes air dry can save a considerable amount of energy?

I’m not sure exactly how much. I’ve seen energy-saving estimates using this method ranging from a conservative 15% to a colossal 50% of energy saved.  

My instinct leans towards the higher end of this spectrum. Any aspect of heating, such as the heat involved in the drying cycle, is energy-intensive. Therefore skipping this step is bound to save a whole lot of energy.  But even if the actual figure sits somewhere in the middle of those estimates then that’s a heap of energy and money saved with this tip. Especially if like us your dishwasher runs at least once a day.

My Air Drying Dishwasher Tip

I find the most effective way to air dry dishes is to open the dishwasher door after the final rinse cycle ends. Then I empty out any water that has accumulated in dishes.  I then pull out the bottom rack and leave the door open for a couple of hours.  Generally, I find it’s enough to dry everything – especially in this hotter summer weather.

Using a vinegar rinse aid in your dishwasher, like the one outlined in this chemical-free cleaning products post, helps reduce the likelihood of spots on glasses that might occur through air-drying, in case you’re worried about that.

If you enjoyed this dishwasher tip and are keen to save more energy then there are fourteen other easy ways like this to help save energy. You can find all those posts under my energy efficiency tag, so you can start saving today!

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