Here’s a feature your dishwasher may have that you don’t know about: a delay button. After you’ve finished dinner and loaded up the dishwasher, add the 6-hour delay function to your wash. Between dinnertime and before you go to bed, you can still add dishes and cups to the machine. But after midnight, the delay function will kick in and start the dishwasher. These are “off-peak” energy hours, which means you save money on your utility bill, and when you wake up, everything will be sparkling clean. This function is particularly important during hot summer months when air conditioning can strain the grid, but it’s a good habit to get into year-round.
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