Q's Daily DIY Green Tips: Letting the Dishwasher do its Job

When you use your dishwasher, do you rinse the dishes first?  If so, how much water do you use when you do pre-rinse?  A much better alternative to pre-rinsing dishes before putting them in a dishwasher is to give them a good scrape.  The majority of modern dishwashers are capable of cleaning dishes equally as well when scraped then when rinsed.  If you can't break the habit or your dishwasher is not up to snuff, save some energy and make sure that rinse water as cold.  Otherwise, save some water and let the dishwasher do its job.

P Quentin Unsworth