Cleaning the dishes after every meal in your house is one of those chores that most people dread. It is never ending and somewhat monotonous. Alas, everyone needs to have clean dishes to eat off of, and people will eventually be hungry again, so we clean them. Do you use a dishwasher to clean your dishes or do you wash them by hand? You may be wondering which one is conserving the most water. AAA Water Team is here to talk about hand washing your dishes or using a dishwasher and which one conserves the most water.
How Much Water Does Hand Washing Dishes Use?
When you decide to hand wash your dishes, you may be wondering how much water is being used to do so. When a person leaves their tap on as they clean their dishes it uses about 2 gallons per minute. If you are trying to conserve water by shutting off your water unless you need it to rinse, you are most likely using about 8 gallons of water to wash your dishes by hand. This also could be more if you have a large family and more dishes than the average family of four. If you leave your tap on the entire time you are cleaning your dishes, you use much more water than 8 gallons to get all of your dishes cleaned.
How Much Water Does a Dishwasher Use?
If you have an old dishwasher, it is most likely not an energy efficient one. Many dishwashers now are energy efficient and they use about one-sixth the amount of water to clean dishes that you would use when you wash dishes by hand. If you have an older dishwasher and are wanting to save energy and water, you may want to look into replacing it with a newer model. Another way to make your dishwasher even more efficient is to completely fill it before you turn it on. In the end, you will use far less water to get those dishes clean than you would if you were hand washing them.
Benefits of Filtered Water and Water Softeners for Your Dishwasher
When you are filtering your water, most people are doing it because it tastes much better and has many health benefits. Using a whole house water filter to filter the water used in your dishwasher will not only help with scale buildup but your dishes will come out cleaner. If you want to really eliminate scale buildup, a water softener combined with filtered water will do it. When you have a whole house water filtration system along with a water softener installed in your home, your water using appliances will work more efficiently and will last longer before needing replacement.
Water Softener, Whole Home Filtration Systems & More in Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers & Lehigh Acres, Florida
AAA Water Team offers whole house water filtration systems and water softener installations to ensure the water you are using in your appliances is helping them run as efficiently as possible. Don’t hesitate to call and make an appointment today!