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Advantages of a Dishwasher Over Hand Washing


New energy efficient dishwashers use less energy and water than washing by hand. A recent study showed that the average hand-washer used over 27 gallons of water and 2.5 kilowatts hours of electricity to clean a full sink of dishes, while the dishwasher used just under 6 gallons of water and less than 2 kilowatt hours for the same amount of dishes. ...More




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Advantages of a Dishwasher Over Hand Washing

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New energy efficient dishwashers use less energy and water than washing by hand. A recent study showed that the average hand-washer used over 27 gallons of water and 2.5 kilowatts hours of electricity to clean a full sink of dishes, while the dishwasher used just under 6 gallons of water and less than 2 kilowatt hours for the same amount of dishes.

Of course, there are certain conditions that have to be met, which means you may have to change some habits:

  • Don’t prerinse your dishes.
  • Only run the dishwasher with full loads.
  • Use the short wash cycle.



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  1. whiteny Says:
    February 1st, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    27 gallons! I use about 4 gallons to wash an entire sinkful of dishes by hand. The video shows a couple running the tap on full non-stop while washing. You should only run it while rinsing. I put dirty dishes on one side and fill the clean side with water as I rinse the clean dishes -turning the water off between each dish. I start with a clean empty sink and then start with glasses and less dirty dishes and end with pots and pans. I then use the sink full of used water when I am done to soak and “clean” cans and other recycleables -no need to use fresh water for that.

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I know from the comments I’ve heard that a lot of people think that living a green lifestyle means giving up certain conveniences. Especially those conveniences that make work easier. But that’s not always the case. A good example is the dishwasher. It may surprise you to know that in almost every situation, the newer energy-efficient dishwashers use less energy and water than washing by hand! A recent study showed that the average hand-washer used over 27 gallons of water and 2.5 kilowatts hours of electricity to clean a full sink of dishes, while the dishwasher used just under 6 gallons of water and less than 2 kilowatt hours for the same amount of dishes. Of course, there are certain conditions that have to be met, which means you may have to change some habits. Don’t pre-rinse your dishes. Only run the dishwasher when you have full loads. And only use the short wash cycle.