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Use the air dry or overnight dry setting if your machine has one. These features automatically turn off the dishwasher after the final rinse and save about 10 percent of the total dishwashing energy costs.
The rinse and hold feature on your dishwasher requires 3 to 7 gallons of hot water each time – use it only when necessary.
Don't install your dishwasher near your refrigerator/freezer. The heat and moisture from the dishwasher will make the refrigerator/freezer work harder to stay cool. If you must install your dishwasher close to the refrigerator/freezer, install a layer of fiberglass insulation between the two appliances.
In the summer, use the dishwasher in the cooler parts of the day, such as the early morning and late evening hours.
Use only detergents made for automatic dishwashers, not regular liquid soap. The wrong soap will cause excessive sudsing and can leak onto your floor. Avoid using solid jet dry and ultra dry baskets that hang onto the racks. These cause excessive sudsing and can make your glasses look foggy. For best cleaning results, load large items on bottom facing the spray arm.
Clean your tub out with three cups of vinegar or six tablespoons of Tang breakfast drink. This will greatly improve cleaning.
Most energy used by a dishwasher is for heating water; therefore, loading a dishwasher fully and properly before operating it can save energy.
Clothes Washers and Dryers
Hot water accounts for 90 percent of the energy used to wash clothes. Choosing the warm setting instead of hot can reduce a load’s energy use by half; choosing cold reduces it even further.
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