Green and clean – why the dishwasher is the most sustainable way to wash up
Why is the dishwasher better for the environment than washing dishes by hand? Let us count the ways … We’ve tallied up the environmental benefits of using the dishwasher over washing by hand and explain how the different programmes offered by your dishwasher can save water, energy, or both.
Is the dishwasher better for the environment than washing dishes by hand?
We all know the obvious advantages of using a dishwasher. It takes up less of your time, it’s more hygienic and effective than washing dishes by hand, plus it makes it easier to keep the kitchen tidy. However, what is the eco impact of the dishwasher.
The results of independent investigations are conclusive: the dishwasher really is the most economical way to wash up. In general, it uses less water and less energy, even when you factor in the energy used to produce the dishwasher itself.
Which dishwasher programme has the lowest consumption?
The obvious answer would be the eco programme. However, if you live in an area that experiences water shortages, it’s more important to save water. If you live in a place where electricity cuts are an issue, you may want to pay more attention to saving energy. Most manufacturers programme the eco setting to run at a lower heat and use less water, but it’s worth checking the dishwasher manual to verify the water and energy saving potential of other cycles, such as the short wash or low water setting.
How to save energy by using your dishwasher
How to save water by using your dishwasher
Do not pre-rinse your dishes, neither under the tap, nor in the machine. Scrape food scraps into the bin before loading, but don’t waste water on a task that will be repeated in the dishwasher.