Did you know that, most of the time, its actually greener to use a dishwasher than to wash up by hand?
Research published by the University of Bon has shown that dishwashers use less energy, less water and less soap than washing by hand, are more hygienic, and – crucially! – save us time and energy.
Here are some tips to help you maximise your dishwasher’s green impact:
- Be sure to scrape your plates thoroughly before you put them in
- Only run the dishwasher when its full
- Make sure you use the economy setting where possible
- Try to run your dishwasher at night – that way you are using the grid at a time of low demand, so the dirtiest and least efficient power stations aren’t running, which means each unit of power will have a slightly lower carbon footprint.
At the Nightingale Centre, our dishwasher is run every night. If we also wash by hand, we are only adding to the amount of water we use. So, wherever possible, please put your dirty plates, mugs and cutlery in the dishwasher instead of washing them by hand. that way you can sit back, relax, and still be saving the planet.