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13 Aug. 2018 | Will Dishwashers Help Your Company Transition Into the Green Movement?
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Will Dishwashers Help Your Company Transition Into the Green Movement?

Organizations all over the nation are coming together to reduce their environmental footprint. If you’re looking to go onboard the green movement, you can start with a little, yet unexpected, change: investing in dishwashers.

Many times, you’ve heard that compared with washing the dishes by hand, using the dishwasher tends to be more energy or water-efficient. But, what is the reality behind these claims?

We looked into the “using a dishwasher is more efficient” claim to present you with data that you can take into account when deciding to purchase dishwashers.

What Experts Say

A diverse group of experts all agree that, where Nature is concerned, it’s best to leave dishwashing to the machines. This group includes those from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program, Consumer Reports, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The central premise is that dishwashers are the best option from an environmental perspective, provided that any remaining food is scraped off before putting the dishes in the dishwasher and that the machines are turned on only when they are full. This is because dishwashers have grown so energy- and water-efficient now that it is somewhat tricky for hand washing to beat them.

This is especially true for Energy Star-certified models. These machines just keep needing less and less energy and water as manufacturers continuously improve appliance standards, even as consumers get increasingly better at using them.

Jonah Schein, a technical coordinator at EPA’s WaterSense program, says: “In order to wash the same amount of dishes that can fit in a single load of a full-sized dishwasher, and use less water, you would need to be able to wash eight full place settings and still limit the total amount of time that the faucet was running to less than two minutes.”

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy seconds this, saying that modern dishwashers can outperform all except the most frugal of hand washers, especially with models that integrate energy-saving features.

Enhance Energy Efficiency

Here are some recommendations that can help your organization reduce your carbon footprint by dishwashing:

  • Invest in “drawer” type dishwashers. This kind is more efficient than large dishwashers if you are in the hospitality or food industry and therefore require more frequent loads.
  • For busy kitchens, a door-type dishwasher is the best option. This offers extra speed and capacity compared with other types of dishwashers. Hand washing is never a viable option for large restaurants, as it is only a practical solution for small households, and this is if they conserve water when washing (eg., when they do not rinse in running water.)
  • Take advantage of control features. Rinse and Hold Cycles, for example, let you minimize caked-on food and enhance the efficiency of full cleaning later.

Make the Switch Now

When in need of new dishwashers or expert dishwasher repair and maintenance, turn to BC Industrial Services, LLC. We are the authority in the healthcare and hospitality industries when it comes to ware washing, laundry, and housekeeping solutions. As a full-service company, we go beyond sourcing top-grade units: we provide expert support services to help our customers take advantage of cost-efficient sanitation solution programs.

We operate 24/7. Call us today at (800) 577-6202 for your inquiries or fill out our form, and we’ll reach out to you the soonest possible time.

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