Friday, June 20, 2008
My last change was to try hand washing dishes versus using our 2005 Kitchenaid dishwasher. I did not know if there would be any savings or not because I have heard that new dishwashers are very energy efficient.
According to our recent utility bills, hand washing dishes saved both electricity and water.
3/25/08-4/24/08 Electric usage was 614 and cost $61.02
Water usage was 49 and cost $15.36
4/24/08-5/22/08 Electric usage was 485 and cost $51.64
Water usage was 42 and cost $13.68
These 2 months had mild weather so we were not using the heater or air conditioner. I am pretty happy with those low totals but now we are in summer and using our air conditioner and it will add more than $100 to each month.
The $11 savings from hand washing dishes will not make much difference in our budget so I plan on hand washing when I want to but will load that dishwasher if I am tired or we have lots of dirty dishes.
But I am getting more and more unhappy with the energy situation across the board from gasoline to home utilities. I may just decide my protest will be to use as little energy as possible and if I do, I will be hand washing everything.