Energy Saving Dishwasher Tips

Home Maintenance Tip- Dishwashers
Most of the energy used by a dishwasher is for heating water. The Energy Guide label attached to new dishwashers estimates the annual power needed to run the appliance and heat the water based on natural gas and electricity costs.Dishwasher Tips

  • Check the manual that came with your dishwasher for the manufacturer’s recommendations on water temperature; many have internal heating elements that allow you to set the water heater in your home to a lower temperature (120°F).
  • Scrape, don’t rinse, large food pieces and bones from dishes. Soaking or prewashing is generally only recommended in cases of burned-on or dried-on food.
  • Be sure your dishwasher is full, but not overloaded, when you run it.
  • Avoid using the “rinse & hold” on your machine for just a few soiled dishes. It uses 3 to 7 gallons of hot water for each load.
  • Let your dishes air dry; if you don’t have an automatic air-dry switch, turn the control knob to “off” after the final rinse and prop the door open slightly so the dishes will dry faster.

Long-Term Savings Tip

  • When shopping for a new dishwasher, look for the ENERGY STAR label to find a dishwasher that uses less water and 41% less energy than required by federal standards.

Excerpted from U.S. Department of Energy.

Cities Where Most Homes Are Mortgage-Free

Amid the subprime mortgage disaster, it’s easy to forget that a lot of people own their homes outright. In fact, a full one-third of U.S. homeowners don’t have a mortgage to worry about.

According to an analysis of census information by USA Today, there are 123 areas of the country where 40 percent or more of home owners don’t have a mortgage.

Many of those areas also never had any sort of boom in prices, either because they are in declining areas that have suffered job losses and dwindling population or because they are thriving retirement communities.

Cities with the highest percentage of owner-occupied properties that are mortgage free:

  • Bluefield, W. Va.: 57 percent
  • Sebring, Fla.: 56 percent
  • Odessa, Texas: 54 percent
  • McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas: 54 percent
  • Weirton, W.Va.-Steubenville, Ohio: 53 percent

Source: USA Today, Haya El Nasser and Paul Overberg

Soon  West End Atlanta, will be added to this list 🙂 many of our homes are being purchased with Cash, or at a low enough financed price these homes will be paid for sooner than most expect!

Home Business for moms?

I’m often asked about many home businesses for moms, or anyone looking to make some extra money.   I have just received some information from another family friend who has had success with a legitimate business. Visit her website for more details… HERE

I do not participate in this program, nor endorse it- however the representative is a trusted family friend and she is very motivated about this business.   See for your self and let me know!