The bad habit that can waste 20 gallons of water

by

You might not wash your dishes before you wash your dishes, but even rinsing is completely unnecessary.

Energy Star, a joint program by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, cautions people to scrape, not rinse. Pre-rinsing dishes can waste up to 20 gallons of water.

Energy Star dishwashers and today’s detergents are designed to do the cleaning so you don’t have to pre-rinse.

And if your dirty dishes are going to sit overnight, use your dishwasher’s rinse feature. It uses a fraction of the water needed to hand rinse.

Speaking of a using a fraction of the water, a dishwasher built before 1994 wastes about 8 gallons of water per cycle compared to owning a new Energy Star-qualified model. So if you replace one of these old dishwashers with an Energy Star dishwasher, you’re saving enough water each week to wash two loads of laundry in an Energy Star qualified clothes washer.

So be lazy: scrape, don’t rinse!

About these ads

Tags: , , , , , , ,

2 Responses to “The bad habit that can waste 20 gallons of water”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Thanks – I can always use a good reason to be lazy!

  2. Dishwasher troubleshooting: Dishwasher leaving white film on glasses « Home Appliance Blog Says:

    [...] As if you need another reason to stop pre-rinsing/washing your dishes. [...]

Comments are closed.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 82 other followers

%d bloggers like this: