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Posted by 21trumpets on August 19, 2009, 2:13 pm

We have no choice right now, we are stuck with an electric hot water
tank. One of the more expensive ways to clean dishes is rinsing them
with hot water from the tap. Everytime you turn on the hot water tap,
cold water is injected into the hot water tank and that turns on the
tank electricity to bring the temperature back up. I've been
experimenting with putting dirty dishes in a cold and soapy sink full
of water, before putting them in the dishwasher. (as a dishwasher uses
less hot water to clean a full load than hand washing. I know you have
to add a bit of bleach to cold water if you hand wash dishes that way,
and don't use a dishwasher. In my first house we had a pre-radiator on
the cold water pipe before the hot water tank. This thing would bring
the cold water up to room temperature so the water going into the tank
wasn't cold. It had no fans or pumps. It worked pretty good.

Posted by Chris Hill on August 20, 2009, 2:41 pm

On Wed, 19 Aug 2009 07:13:46 -0700 (PDT), 21trumpets

If you have to rinse dishes, your dishwasher is crap.  Replace it with
one that works and you'll save time money and energy.  Also, if your
current dishwasher has a way to heat the wash water, use it, hot water
is necessary for a dishwasher to clean, and if your water heater isn't
set at 140 you'll need the dishwasher to help the process along.

Posted by vaughn on August 20, 2009, 5:10 pm

Better yet, just trash it and wash your dishes in the sink.


Posted by Chris Hill on August 21, 2009, 1:25 am

On Thu, 20 Aug 2009 13:10:25 -0400, "vaughn"

\A decent dishwasher is way more efficient than most people and the
dishes get cleaner.

Posted by z on August 21, 2009, 1:54 am

I need a propane powered dish washer.. bad

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