Our new dishwasher is amazingly frugal on water--does a full pot-and-pan load for less than I could do in the sink. Manufacturers are getting better at this.
I'm curious, how much does it use?
I remodeled my kitchen last year amd decided eveything would be Energy Star and will never regret spending more money up front on the remodel!
The Bosch dishwasher I bought uses something like 7 gallons or less of water for a typical load. Keep in mind I fill that dishwasher very well and make sure I use all the space up before I run it.
The dishwasher has a timer which would be good if Mid-American Energy had some sort of rate of day plan. These plans are nice for those that have the opportunity to use them as the idea is that you get a rate decrease based on the amount of energy you use at night, thus preventing the utility company needing to either buy additional energy or when I first was exposed to the option, the prevention of building additional nuclear power plants.
From what I understand the Bosch dishwasher uses about seven gallons. For a family of four (with a person who LOVES to cook), this is really nice as I can generally put two meals a long with preparation pots, pans and etc. per load into the dishwasher before it is full. This is in addition to the various glasses my mother-in-law with dementia puts into the dishwaswher forgetting that measuring water in glass does not necessarily mean the glass itself is dirty.
This year I opted to buy a new washer and dryer. While there is not a lot that can be done to decrease the energy used on the dryers and obtaining Energy Star ratings does not exist from what information that I was able to obtain, the washers on the other hand have and csn be improved upon greatly.
I have nothing to do with Bosch or any known subsidiaries but one thing that sold me on buying a Bosch washer was Energy Star ratings were exceeded by 120%. I now do laundry with less than half the water used in my old washer (40 gallons per load) and of course electricity is reduced greatly as well. Because I still choose to run my appliances at night (due to my personal opposition to nuclear energy), the timers on the washer and the dishwasher are really nice. They appliances run VERY quietly and no one has to listen to them work while sleeping in the wee hours of the morning.
Bosch is one of those appliances that seem to carry a bigger than average price tag, but I believe are well worth the investment as the savings over the life on the appliance appesrs to exceed the upfront cost. I have also factored in that women (as well as more and more men) seem to appreciate better quality appliances which will allow us to gain a little more money in an asking price should we choose to sell our home and retire (which could be in our near future!).
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