It took my husband and me a long time to work out the “greener”way to do the dishes (Old habits die hard.).  If you think about the number of dishes we do per day, week,month, year, you realize just how much water is consumed.  And most of us don’t do the dishescorrectly. 

Do you keep the waterrunning as you rinse your dishes and load them into the dishwasher?  You’ll save a lot of money and conservewater simply by turning off the water as you load.   Do you rinsethe dishes so thoroughly before putting them into the dishwasher that they arepractically clean?  (That’swhat my husband does. I’m not complaining - at least he does the dishes!) Theenergy efficient dishwashers of today really don’t require much rinsing. Theyalso use less water and energy.  Youmay want to consider upgrading if your dishwasher is over 10 years old.  Doyou rinse dishes that really don’t need it?  Why rinse a water or juice glass – just put it in thedishwasher.  Do you reach for a new glass every time you get a drink?  Keep the same water glass or coffee mug throughoutthe day to cut back on the number of dishes you use.  The fewer dishes, the less there is to wash and the morewater you save.  Do you run the dishwasher after every meal,even when it is not full? Master the art of loading the dishwasherefficiently and run it only when full.  Do you throw away the wateryou’ve cooked your vegetables in?  Why not recycle it and water your plants with it – they’ll thrive on thenutrition from the vegetables.

When hand washingyour dishes, do it the old fashioned way.  If you have a double sink (if not, use a large pan), fillone with soapy water, one with clean.  Put the dirty dishes in the soapy side and then rinse in the othersink.  Many people hand wash eachdish separately leaving the water running!

Lastly, always fix aleaky faucet.  Leaks waste morewater than you think.

There are many common sense things you can do to conservewater and energy when washing the dishes.  Look at it as a game.  It willmake you feel good, especially when you see your reduced water bill! 


Some informationcompiled from http://www.howtodothings.com/how-to-wash-dishes-without-wasting-water.

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