In my quest to lower our electric consumption we have stopped using some
of our modern conveniences. One of them is the dishwasher.
I know there is an argument that dishwashers save money, water and energy.
I am not sure I believe that but I do know in our case, it wasn't saving us any of those.
We have a rental and we are stuck with the relic that is installed here.
On top of that, we have very hard well water and even when the dishwasher runs half way decent,
the hard water drowns any attempt at cleaning. What should take one wash, takes two sometimes three. Wasting water, wasting electric, wasting soap and wasting my time.
So, we hand wash.
Mostly the girls do and I help now and then. But we are seeing results.
Last's months electric bill was down $80 from the previous months. I am sure the dryer
being off, the AC is off for 8 - 12 hours a day (it is getting harder to do
that with temps in the upper 90's) and the dishwasher not running all dang time helped.
What it has also done is made us aware of our resources.
Water is a precious resource. Clean water even more precious.
And something that most Americans take for granted that it will always be available.
Our family knew if we were going to be serious about using less resources and under consuming water
was an important area to start with. Plus, whether you are on a well (like us) or on city water, when
you use less water somewhere there is less electricity being used. When you have a well you see
the electricity reduction first hand, on the city water maybe not but it is there.
We are using less water, I know we are.
Maybe if you have a highly efficient machine that runs once a day, then I can bet that
hand washing would use more. But most of us run our dishwashers more than
once a day. We home school so there are three meals made at home on any given day.
Which resulted in the dishwasher being ran at the very least three times a day.
More than likely it ran more like 5 times because the size of our family or it just wasn't getting clean.
Most people I know pre-rinse before they load their machine.
That water should be taken in account when weighing which uses less.
We could talk about convenience.
But if our family was worried about making our lives more comfortable we wouldn't be
doing half the things we do.
Sometimes simpler isn't less work.
It is however sometimes, better.