|'Ready for a Cuppa' Tattoo Plate by Jeez Vanilla- available on etsy|
For my birthday, my family all went in to help us buy a new dishwasher. We bought it the day after. Our last dishwasher was a mid-90's model and we just couldn't justify having it fixed for the fourth time (costing about $100 each time) when we could buy a new one (under warranty) for $800 or less.
I heart it. I heart it so much that Kym is probably starting to notice (on account of me being much nicer to him and singing to it). We've had it for about a month and I can't begin to tell you how good it is to be saving all that hand washing time.
There's a lot of debate out there about the environmental factors of automatic dishwashers versus hand washing. The general consensus, however, is that the newer range of automatic dishwashers are the way to go, saving water, and further, money.
Here's what you're thinking: what about the electricity use and the cost (and environmental impact) of the dishwasher itself?
Here's where I stand: New dishwashers use a portion of the electricity of earlier models. With our solar power we're generating about the same energy that we use, so it doesn't really come into play for us. Dishwashers use less water than hand washing and they save time. Oh, and I HATE WASHING DISHES.
I think of it like having a washing machine. If I were super eco conscious and hand washed my clothes myself, I might save a small amount of money, water and energy use. I'd also save a spot in the rubbish dump when I had to replace it. Realistically, I am not willing to commit the time or energy it requires.
I'm not endorsing all my readers to drop what they're doing and purchase every kitchen appliance they can think of, but I do think we need to weigh all options before we a) buy something that we wont use or, b) refuse to buy something based on uninformed principles. That includes thinking about what we're willing to lose to gain something else. For me, the fact that my dishwasher uses some electricity is a price I'm willing to pay for the time I get from not having to hand wash. I figure as we now have solar electricity and it will save water it's all thumbs up for me.
So, where do you stand on the dishwasher front?