Dirty dishes are something that multiply in our house at rapid speed. I am not opposed to washing dishes by hand, but I would much rather be doing something a lot more fun and a lot more productive. This is why dishwashers were invented, isn't it? But how much does running your dishwasher cost money wise?
I did a little research and found out that on average a dishwasher uses 1 - 1.5kWh per load cycle. A few years ago I noticed my dishwasher has a setting for "delayed" start time and I started to wonder why I might use that. As I said, dirty dishes are constant in our home and I don't want to be a slave to washing by hand, nor do I want to use disposable plates and utensils for every meal, so our dishwasher gets run at least once a day...sometimes two.
I started to wonder if there was any way I could shave some money off our electric bill and I found out that by being a bit savvy about when I used my dishwasher, I could save my family some money.
Energy companies typically have different rates for different times of the day and even different days of the week. Contact your local energy company to find out their rate schedule so you know when your energy cost per kWh is the cheapest. The electric company we have has two different rates. The high rate is from 5pm to 10pm Monday - Saturday and the low rate is all other times. In order to utilize the cheaper energy cost rate I use the 'delay' start time so my dishwasher cycle starts after the cheaper rate time begins. The delay setting is so helpful because I can still load my dishwasher when ever it is convenient for me, but I don't have to remember to start it after the cheaper energy rate begins...I let the dishwasher's brain do that!
Calculating the savings:
When I look at the cost savings by being more diligent about when the cycle runs has decreased my household electric bill, which leaves more cash in my wallet. As I said earlier, the electric company we have has two different rates. The high rate is almost $0.29 per kWh and the low rate is just under $0.07 per kWh. I actually don't know the specific amount of energy my dishwasher uses per load, so I will err on the high side in my calculations.
If my dishwasher uses 1.5kWh per load and I run it during the high rate of $.029 that equals $.44 per load...not much money. This is actually less than a U.S. postage stamp. However, if I run my dishwasher on average 1.5 times per day multiplied by 30 days in a billing cycle, that is almost $20 ($19.80 to be exact). Again, most folks will say, that's not a lot of money. However, when I look at the difference in cost for running the dishwasher at the lower rate, the savings is quite significant.
The low rate from my electric company is $0.07 per kWh and using the same 1.5kWh energy consumption, the cost per load is $0.11 per load. And the monthly cost (again 1.5 times a day for 30 days) is $3.30. Therefore, the overall savings per billing cycle is $16.50. I don't know about you, but I could find a lot of fun things to do with $16.50 rather than letting it go down the dishwasher drain!
I have also started doing my laundry during the cheaper energy times. I don't know the actual cost savings, but I know it is there.
It is definitely an ideal situation to utilize the cheaper energy rating every time I run these appliances, but I know it is not always practical. I give myself grace and I don't fret if I use my dishwasher or do laundry during the higher times, sometimes it's unavoidable. However, I strive to work these chores in to my day during the "cheaper" rate times as often as I can.
Now it's your turn: Does your dishwasher have a delay setting? Did you know that electric companies can have different rates? Do you have other ways of being thrifty? I would love to hear from you; let me encourage you to comment below.
I hope this post has given you some ideas for being "Thrifty". If you have found it helpful, please share with your friends.
If you want to know more about saving money and being financially wise, check out Dave Ramsey at www.daveramsey.com.
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