It’s been quite some time since I last shared an easy energy saving tip, so this simple way to save energy is long overdue.

This one is about dishwashers, and I know what you’re thinking – they’re not entirely the sexiest of subjects, but bear with me please!  I know you’re also thinking that yes, yes, yes, you know that dishwashers are more energy efficient that washing dishes by hand, and so you’ve got your dishwasher and are feeling quite eco-friendly about it, while it gently hums in the corner.

But why stop there – let’s go further than that and learn how to save a whole heap more energy with your dishwasher without any additional expense or effort:

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Did you know that by 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, so 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, especially if like us your dishwasher runs at least once a day.

I find the most effective way to air dry dishes is to open the door after the final rinse cycle ends, emptying 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.  I find that’s generally enough to dry everything – especially in this hotter summer weather.

Using a vinegar rinse aid, 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 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 save energy simply tag, so you can saving today!

Images – Cutlery: Sarah-Jane Brand / Door: Rebekkalvacson