The time is coming for a more complete kitchen remodel, and while we've learned a few tricks about hand washing dishes, there's no skirting the fact that, in our house, we use more water (and soap) to hand wash than an efficient dishwasher would. So we're searching for the best solution for us, and wondered what tips Re-Nest readers might have:
According to ENERGY STAR, which is government-backed and whose standards are determined by the EPA, the newest ENERGY STAR rated dishwashers use "half the energy and 5,000 fewer gallons of water a year" as opposed to hand washing. (Cue our choir of eco-friendly angels singing!)
ENERGY STAR'S ratings are helpful to compare kilowatt and water usage, and their site offers a model search to find specific dishwashers to meet different budgets. Not surprisingly, we found a good number of energy- and water-efficient dishwashers that fit nicely into our price range (that is, under $500).
Have you made the switch from hand washing to having a dishwasher? Or have you upgraded your old water guzzler for a newer model and seen a big difference? Family members of ours who've made the switch did report a drop in their water bills—a change we will look forward to seeing should the dishwasher thing work out.
In the meantime, we'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!
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