It's going to take longer to see

Canada
April 3, 2017 1:45pm CST
Over a month ago I decided to handwash all the dishes to see how much money we could save. I am happy to say I only resorted to using it 2-3 times. But 2 weeks ago we noticed our hot water heater was leaking. Not a lot, but enough that it needed attention. The plastic drain valve/spigot was cracked. A buddy of ours fixed it cheaply for us with a metal spigot, but we had to drain the tank for the repair. So it will take several more months to truly see how much water we have been saving. But the electric bill will show some savings.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
3 Apr 17
It probably will save you money in water and electricity but you're also sacrificing time. It depends on what you value more. I remember doing dishes with my sister and later with my mom. It was always a good time talking and laughing together. None of us liked doing dishes but we did like the time we spent together.
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@paigea (22446)
• Canada
3 Apr 17
I always liked doing dishes whether it was with someone or alone.
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• Canada
3 Apr 17
I also remember standing and talking with my mom while doing dishes. We actually washed them together when I was in labor with my oldest.
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@paigea (22446)
• Canada
3 Apr 17
@Morethanamom It is always a nice time to visit at big family gatherings when there are lots of dishes.
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
3 Apr 17
If there are only a couple or a few dishes in the sink, I will wash them by hand. If not into the dishwasher they will go.
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• United States
3 Apr 17
Me too
• Canada
3 Apr 17
I generally only ran it once a day and still needed to hand wash some items. This way it all goes through the sink.
@Platespinner (17025)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
3 Apr 17
Our water bill never varies...that's one of the benefits of being on a well. Of course when we had to replace the pump last year it did set us back a bit.
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@paigea (22446)
• Canada
3 Apr 17
It will be interesting to see if you notice a difference. I have heard before that the dishwasher didn't use any more water than hand washing. I hang my laundry to dry year round, and I can't really tell that it saves any pennies.
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
3 Apr 17
@paigea We hang ours too, I was going to do a load today- but it's raining and I don't want to hang it in the house.
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@paigea (22446)
• Canada
3 Apr 17
@thislittlepennyearns I know. Now that winter is over I am choosy which days I do laundry. Yesterday was so perfect. The wind dried it as quickly as a dryer would have. Alberta has an overall dry climate though, so line drying works well.
• Canada
3 Apr 17
I am thinking we will see a bit of a difference. I tend to at least rinse everything before putting them in the dishwasher, so that step has been cut out.
@KristenH (24729)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
3 Apr 17
Hope you can save your money that way. I love my dishwasher.
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• Canada
3 Apr 17
I like my dishwasher as well, but I found that dishes piled up rather quickly because we tended to wait to load it until it was time to run it.
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@KristenH (24729)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
3 Apr 17
@Morethanamom That's what i do too I just do it 2x a week for full or partial loads.
• United States
3 Apr 17
I'm very curious to know if hand washing saves money. I only run my dishwasher maybe three times a week
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