Dishwasher Costs


When we talk about dishwashers we tend to think that it is more likely that our water and electricity bills will increase because an electrical appliance that washes dishes uses both water and energy.

We may be wrong. Perhaps you would really be able to save more of the two instead. Compared to what you spend when you hand-wash your dishes using a dishwasher is not only convenient, it is also economical.

But even experts cannot give a definite answer as to what method really saves water and energy. They reason out that so many factors come into play, like the size of the family or the frequency of washing the dishes.

According to research conducted on 200 households in Europe during 2007 and 2008, those who used dishwasher had 28pc less energy and 50pc less water consumption than those who did not own a dishwasher.

Surprising, isn’t it?  It’s surprising because as mentioned earlier, people tend to think that such product uses more water and energy, and that adds to the bills. Well, not really.

How to determine the dishwasher costs

Reports say that when used efficiently, meaning you fully load the dishwasher, it is considerably cheaper compared to running the tap while washing the dishes.

An explanation as to why this is the case is that in a typical dishwasher, one cycle costs the same in terms of water and energy as to heating between four to six washing up water bowls in the kitchen sink or even running the hot tap constantly for six to nine minutes (though that also depends if the house has a metered or unmetered water supply).

But really, whatever way you use to wash your dishes, you can cut down your water and energy use to minimize your bills.

For one, make sure that if you are using a dishwasher, it is full. Also, try to not use half load cycles as this will only consume more than half the energy and water of a full load. If there is an eco-setting feature in the dishwasher, use it for less power to heat the water.

Just keep in mind that the real cost lies specifically in the amount of hot water used. Typically, doing one batch of dishes consumes $0.40 to $0.50 of heated water, whether it is in the sink or the dishwasher.

That is why sometimes measuring dishwasher costs really depend on a lot of factors, as mentioned above, because some people use more hot water than others and some dishwashers also use more hot water than similar products.

Thus, if you really want to decrease hot water and to save more without buying and using a dishwasher, fill a basin with hot water and soap, then use cold water for rinsing your dishes after you have scrubbed them.

That way you will use less hot water than the average dishwasher. But again, that is still difficult to quantify perfectly how much.

So now, ignoring water completely is the best thing to do while calculating the cost here. Okay, so water is no longer in the list. What is then left now? Well, dishwashers run on electricity, right?

A report shows an estimate that a dishwasher unit consumes about 1.5 kWh on average to work on a load of dishes, not including the cost of water. Thus, for an average American home, that works out to be around $0.17.

In owning a dishwasher, there is also the startup cost. You spend an estimated amount of $500 on a mid-range dishwasher that would most likely last up to ten years. That means $50 a year.

Also, an average dishwasher runs about 215 loads each year, giving you a cost of $0.46 per load. To add, cleaning supplies also matter, whether for the sink or the dishwasher, so you should also include them in your costs.

All in all, taking into account all aspects and expenditure of using a dishwasher you are expected to spend $0.63 more on per load of dishes compared to doing hand-wash.

But come to think of it, whether you save more from hand-washing your dishes or by using a dishwasher, isn’t it more convenient to just use the dishwasher? If not money, it can certainly save you time.

Instead of hand-washing the dishes, you can just all put them inside the machine to do the work for you while you can spend that time doing other things.

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