Are Dishwashers Worth It?

Date Jul 13, 2020
Blog category Power
By Michael Speight
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A dishwasher adds an enormous amount of convenience to a number of households and offices around the globe, but are they really worth it in terms of the energy costs involved? The answer depends on a range of factors including the type of dishwasher you have and the number of items you need to wash.

In this blog post, we’ll investigate the amount of energy a dishwasher consumes and weigh in on the pros and cons of using a dishwasher. 

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What are the Benefits of Using a Dishwasher

The benefits of using a dishwasher primarily have to do with the added convenience of not having to hand wash dishes. If you are busy or have a large household, a dishwasher will save you the time and effort of having to wash your dishes manually.

Dishwashers can also clean more efficiently and are more hygienic. For a large family or an office setting, a dishwasher is a must-have. If you have a smaller number of people in your household, a double drawer dishwasher could be better for you as these appliances are great for washing smaller quantities of dishes.   

Disadvantages of Using a Dishwasher

The main concern for any dishwasher owner is the cost associated with running one. Not only does a dishwasher consume water but it also consumes power to run. When purchasing any whiteware, the cost of running the appliance should be one of the top considerations you have.

An energy efficient sticker isn’t just for show. By shopping smartly and looking at what options are available, you can save hundreds on your electrical bill every year. You’ll also have to consider the cost of purchasing dishwasher liquid or powder, which will add up over time. 

Dishwashing Vs Handwashing

It may be hard to believe, but modern dishwashers are actually more efficient than handwashing. Remember that handwashing your dishes also requires energy to heat up the water. Modern dishwashers have heaters inside that warm up water more efficiently. In addition, dishwashers tend to use less water than handwashing dishes in the sink. Cleaning dishes in the sink can use up to 102 litres per load, while an Energy Star certified dishwasher can use as little as 11 litres per load.

However, there are times when handwashing is the better option. Not all items are dishwasher friendly and some items require gentler cleaning such as cast-iron skillets or wooden utensils. Certain items may also require a bit more heavy-duty cleaning to remove any excess residue. Our advice is that if you are using a dishwasher, make sure you are running a full load rather than only having the appliance half full or even less than that.  

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