Well; even if it uses one kilowatt, continuously for 40 mins. which it
does not, the cost here would be about 6 cents.
But since that amount of electrical consumption is most unlikely one
could estimate say a maximum of 3 to 4 cents, for electricity. And
most likely less water usage than washing dishes by hand!
My DW is run once about every 3 to 4 days; typically say twice to
three times a week! So say ten cents a week, or approx. $36 - $40 per
I'm very sorry for your loss, Charlie... You've gotten some good advice
and good suggestions, but I'll add my two bits. :-)
First, I'll second the advice that if the dishwasher is not used
periodically it will deteriorate in various ways.
We're a household of two, and usually run the dishwasher at least once
daily. I don't like to wash anything by hand if I can avoid it, so pots
and pans, along with the dishes and silverware go in, as well as the food
bowls for our five cats. When all that's included it's usually a full
load. On the weekends we usually cook more, so run perhaps two loads.
Aside from the normal things, *almost* anything around the house that you
can wash by hand can be washed in the dishwasher and it does a better job.
Periodically I gather up all the washable decorative objects around the
house (crystal, porcelains, glass, silver, brass, etc.) and everything is
beautifully clean. Some things I hand dry to avoid spotting. Note: do not
put pewter objects in the dishwasher. Also, do not put dishes or
porcelains with gold trim in the diswasher unless it's certified dishwasher
safe. It can remove the gold. I also remove the upper rack and wash and
sterilize our kitchen and bathroom trash cans.
Put it to good use, Charlie, and save yourself some work.
BTW, I read that putting a cellphone that's gotten wet or gone
underwater, into a ziploc bag with a bunch of uncooked rice will draw
the water out of the phone -- I'm sure of that -- and make the phone
work some times. Might work for a machine washed keyboard too,
although you'd need more rice. :)
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