Dishwashers: Green and Clean

Flickr / By Bryan Birdwell

Although it can be tempting to run your dishwasher every day, waiting until your dishwasher is full can reduce the amount of water you use per day, while also reducing your energy costs. Think about it: a dishwasher uses the same amount of energy and water, whether it’s full or not. So get your money’s worth! Running only a full dishwasher will save up to 20 gallons of water per load, or 7,300 gallons a year, which is about how much water you will drink in your lifetime. Running your dishwasher more infrequently, and even running your dishwasher during off-peak hours (usually from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m) will also drastically reduce your energy costs!

2 thoughts on “Dishwashers: Green and Clean

  1. Pingback: Caution: Dishwashin’ « The Green Life Online

  2. Erik

    Sure, a dishwasher uses less water, but it’s also made of plastic and metal that are mined, shipped, processed, and assembled all over the world. Then the finished machine is sent to warehouses, distribution centers, and retail outlets. Is it worth all that fossil fuel burning, transportation mining and manufacturing to save a little water, which is an abundant, renewable resource? No, thanks. I’ll hand wash.

Leave a Reply