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Everybody hates doing the dishes, right? Actually, some weirdos like it, but those people should be avoided at all costs. Or married. I mean someone has to scrape my fossilized muesli off the soupspoons, don’t they? May as well be someone who likes it.

Now I’ve always assumed that modern luxury appliances like washing machines, dishwashers and massage chairs were as a rule bad for the environment and labor saving rather than energy saving. Apparently not so, according to this article at It states that a University of Bonn study found electric dishwashers use “half the energy, one-sixth of the water, and less soap” than doing the dishes by hand. So unless you’re Speedy Gonzales with a sponge and dishtowel and don’t mind dishpan hands, it’s better to use the machine.

Here are some money, hand and energy saving tips pilfered and condensed from the Discovery Channel’s planet green website. I suggest you click on the link and check out the entire, very helpful article.

  • Make sure your dishwasher is full before turning it on.
  • Choose an efficient Energy Star dishwasher.
  • Use an eco-friendly washing powder or liquid.
  • Don’t use the pre-rinse cycle.
  • Use the low heat setting.
  • Don’t use the drying cycle: after your dishes are washed, just open the door to let them air dry.
  • Buy the right size model for your household: small for singles, larger for families.
  • Use fewer dishes: less glasses and dishes = fewer washes.
  • Wash during off-peak electricity times (if they exist in your area).

Check out both the planet green article and the treehugger piece for in depth comparisons and advice.