Handwashing vs Dishwasher
A study conducted by Canal de Isabel II concluded that handwashing the dishes makes us spend about 88,8 liters of water. However, if we use the dishwasher we’re only using 54,2, which makes us save about 30,6 liters a day, mostly from hot water.
Nevertheless, these numbers vary depending on our dishwasher and the way we use it. We need to consider that class-A appliances help us reduce the amount of water and electricity we waste, but it doesn’t apply to inferior classes. We also have to remember some common sense matters, like using it when it’s full, setting it to 55ºC or less, etc.
But what if we don’t have a dishwasher? If we can only handwash the dishes, we should use cold water as much as possible. It will help us reduce our energetic consumption. Another thing we should do is closing the tap to wash and rinse every single thing. Otherwise we might waste up to 30 liters of water.
As you can see, all the above is simple and easy to do. Even if we think these little actions are useless, we can achieve great results. Try and you’ll see your ecological footprint grow smaller. The environment will thank you for it, but also your wallet.