But, during the holiday season when you have company staying in your home it is easy for the water usage to get out of hand. Luckily, there are things that you can do to conserve water all year around. And, this is especially true in the kitchen.
Your dishwasher is a very helpful appliance when it comes to cleaning up after hosting a holiday meal. In fact, your dishwasher could run through several loads of dishes before everything is cleaned, depending on how many people you hosted.
This means that being as water and energy efficient as possible could make a big impact. Here are some things to keep in mind when running your dishwasher this holiday season, and all year around:
- While you are rinsing your dishes in the sink, make sure to use hot water. This will clear any cold water out of the lines so that your dishwasher fills with hot water at the first rinse cycle. The hot water will soften any residue that is collected on the dishes and make the most of the washing cycle, keeping your dishwasher as efficient as possible.
- Double-check the temperature that you have your hot water heater set to. If it is higher than 120 degrees, it is wasting too much energy. Most dishwasher manufacturers and soap produces recommend that their products be used with water that is no hotter or cooler than 120 degrees.
- If you can help it, try not to use the delay cycle on your dishwasher. This cycle is meant to allow you the freedom to fill the dishwasher but, then run it later when everyone has gone to bed or is away. This eliminates any interruption from a noisy dishwasher. But, this also means that your dishes are first rinsed with cold water because the delay causes the water in the lines to cool off.
Keep these tips in mind this holiday season to make the most of your energy and power. Having more people in your home will have an impact on your monthly utility bills so, it is a good idea to conserve anywhere that you can.