Some people may already know this, but most electricity utilities’ contract plans include a series of incentives related to the time of day and day of the week. That is, there are time slots (e.g., at night) when it is cheaper to do those household chores that require electricity consumption, for example, laundry in the washing machine or washing dishes with the dishwasher.
In the current times, no opportunity for savings should be missed. Let’s see specifically how this can work.
Dishwasher, always turn it on at this time: and you will save a lot of money on your utility bill
The importance of the dishwasher
The dishwasher is a very useful and important household appliance; its practicality does not even need to be discussed.
From the point of view of this article, the important thing is that it is an appliance that if not used properly can be quite expensive when it comes to paying the electricity bill.
One of the most obvious tricks for saving money is to avoid starting it when it is half-empty. As with the washing machine, the argument that a full load saves both water and electricity also applies to the dishwasher.
Other advice is to provide regular routine maintenance of the appliance, but this applies to any other household appliance.
Time bands: what to know
Generally, pricing can be of two types. The first is the so-called single hourly band: basically, the rate per kilowatt hour is the same throughout the day. On the other hand, if we have a multi-hourly tariff, there will be price differences depending on the times when electricity is consumed in the home.
It should be remembered that this distinction is quite recent: in fact, it has been since the so-called free market that it has been possible to opt for hourly differentiated tariffs.
The cheapest time slot for turning on appliances such as the dishwasher is generally the time slot from seven in the evening to eight in the morning. But as mentioned, the day of the week also matters, so that it is generally cheaper to do laundry or wash dishes on Saturdays and Sundays, and generally on all holidays.
Finally, needless to say, the range from eight in the morning to seven in the evening is the most expensive one, and therefore it would be really to be avoided.