GREEN LIVING IDEA:
Let your dishwasher do the work whenever possible. Use the dishwasher for items that are dishwasher safe. The dishwasher uses 85% less water and about 40% less energy to clean a 12 piece place setting as compared to hand washing according to a European Study. (see references below)
Skip rinsing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Just scrape off the solid remains and skip the rinse. Today’s dishwashers are designed to power off mess.
Run full loads. It takes the same resources for one dish as a full load.
WHAT YOU GET:
Saves time spent on hand washing and rinsing. Reduces water and energy bills.
Reduces the energy and chemical usage for water treatment as well as the pollution created from treating water and generating energy you no longer use.