When it comes to convenience, there are few appliances we take for granted more than our dishwasher. But if you consider the history of the lowly dishwasher, they have become much more technologically advanced than the original invention in 1850 that merely sprayed water on dishes and did little to actually clean them. In fact, the difference between something you may have in your own kitchen and a new one can be astounding.
1995 Vs. Today
When it comes to new dishwashers on the market today, it is amazing how far they have come even in a couple short decades. If you purchased your home in the mid 90’s, that dishwasher that came with it costs you $40 more in energy costs per year than one purchased today. But even more amazing is the water usage. A dishwasher purchased with today’s technology would save you approximately 3,700 liters in water annually from that mid-90’s dishwasher. Add an additional 3,700 liters of water savings if you wait for a full load and that is a huge amount of water saved each year.
Most Energy is Used Heating the Water
Consider the fact that nearly 80 percent of the energy used by your dishwasher is merely to heat the water! Run the hot water at your faucet first and you will have immediate hot water available instead of using the energy to heat it up inside the dishwasher. This can help save a tremendous amount of energy.
Hand washing Vs. Dishwasher Washing
And the winner is your dishwasher! According to a study conducted at the University of Bonn in Germany, even the most careful hand washing technique had a difficult time competing with today’s modern dishwasher. The study found that the modern dishwasher used only half the amount of energy and a sixth the amount of water than doing a comparable amount of dishes by hand.
Some Technology Isn’t Better
New smart dishwashers with dirt sensors were found to use significantly more energy than ones without the sensor, according to Consumer Reports. This additional energy usage is not usually reflected in the Energy Guide sticker rating. Technology is good but you may want to skip this particular bell and whistle.
So what can you take away from these facts?
● Skip the hand washing. This is good news, isn’t it?
● It may be time for an update to your dishwasher considering the amount of energy and water you could be saving. Your dishwasher should last between 7 and 12 years. If it’s reaching the end of its lifespan, you may want to consider a replacement.
● Don’t waste your money on some technology.
If your dishwasher is struggling, it is important to get professional advice. At Appliance Repair Doctor, we are experts at dishwashers, both the 1990s version and the latest technology. We offer same day service in most cases so you won’t have to wait. Call the professional Innisfil appliance repair experts at Appliance Repair Doctor today.