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Manual wash or Dishwasher? Here's a money saving tip to use less water manually.

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Water Bills
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  • jayniee1964jayniee1964
    9 posts
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    Dishwasher as just got such a busy life, but after reading the comments i might try washing manually to save a few coins x
  • Blackbeard_of_PerranporthBlackbeard_of_Perranporth
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    Dishwasher. It only heats the water it needs! Hence cheaper.
    Cardiac Arrest - Electrical - Patient unconscious! Heart Attack - Plumbing - Patient conscious!
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  • twopennytwopenny
    45 posts
    I'm on a water meter for the first time.
    I worked out it takes 2-3ltrs of cold water to run through before the hot arrives. Using a large plastic kitchen jug I run the cold water into that. Tip it into the water butt outside for use in the garden or outdoor cleaning while washing up bowl fills. Wash or wash up with hot water. Tip cooled water straight onto garden, pavers or car. Haven't killed either yet

    No trouble or extra hassle at all.

    Me, the dishes and the garden are clean. My bills are so low the company dropped the monthly cost to the minium and commented on the lack of waste water - so I had to explain :-)
  • ka7eka7e
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    In an age of rampant consumerism the OP has found a practical solution that is economical on resources! I run a fully loaded slimline dishwasher about every 3 days, but I wash cooking pans and trays in a similar fashion to the OP's. They take up too much room in the dishwasher so I wipe grease off with kitchen roll and fill them with soapy water to soak. Each to their own, but I actually find hand washing quite therapeutic!
    "Cheap", "Fast", "Right" -- pick two.
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