Are your dishes hot to the touch when they are done being washed in the dishwasher? If so, this “heated dry” cycle is using energy, and is replacing natural air drying that does this for free. And for even quicker air drying, simply pop open the door slightly after a load is finished.
Additionally, if there is a choice between hand-washing a lot of dishes, and using an Energy Star dishwasher, use the dishwasher. These machines are made to efficiently target water directly to the dishes, utilizing much less water than hand-washing. And if you have to hand wash, rinse dishes in groups and don’t leave the water running.
November Energy Efficiency Tip
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