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How to Use Your Dishwasher Correctly to Save on Your Texas Electric Bill

May 14, 2010

You did all the right things by selecting an energy-efficient dishwasher. But, you may be washing those savings right down the drain by using it incorrectly. Following is how to make sure you’re constantly saving on your Texas electric bill when you use your dishwasher.

Don’t Use the Rinse/Hold Feature: As nice as it is to have, don’t use this feature on your dishwasher unless it’s absolutely necessary. It’s an energy waster, consuming 3 to 7 gallons of water every time you use it. Furthermore, this water has to be heated – using even more energy. So avoid using it as much as possible.

Air Dry Dishes after Washing: Many dishwashers have an “Air Dry” or “Heat Dry” feature. These features consume anywhere from 15 to 50% more energy. So, don’t use either. To dry dishes after they finishing washing, simply open the door of the dishwasher. This is no-cost air drying – the best kind.

Scrape, Don’t Rinse: Before you load your dishwasher, don’t rinse the dishes. This can use up to 20 more gallons of water. Scrape them good and load’er up!

Check the Drain: Over time, food can build up in your dishwasher’s drain. If it gets stuck, your unit has to work harder (ie, use more energy) to clean. And, it can clog up altogether. Checking the drain regularly prevents this from happening.

Texas Electric: Don’t Wash Away Your Energy Savings

One of the easiest ways to save on your Texas electric bill is to select the right energy plan. And if you’re using a prepaid electric service plan, you’re paying more. One problem many Texas consumers have with prepaid electric plans is the premature termination of service for being even a few days late paying the bill. You don’t have to put up with this.

No-deposit electric service plans like the Texas LITE-UP Program offers consumers budget friendly solutions. With this program, for example, you get a discount on your energy bill five months out of the year.

Call your Texas electricity provider to find out how to qualify.