Welcome to week 5 of my 52 ways to go green!
An unplanned flooding of my dishwasher (at 2 am...grrrr) has me going without the convenience of one for now. I have a family of 5 and the glasses alone are enough to make dish washing a part-time job!
My first house didn’t have a dishwasher (no kids yet, just me and Dave) and people would ask “don’t you have a dishwasher?” Dave would reply, “yeah, you’re looking at her!” Ha, Ha, Ha...the joke’s not so funny now.
The old me, the me before my 52 week journey, would have dug out the paper plates, plastic cups and utensils without giving it a second thought. But the green guilt crept in and I decided we could spare the landfill my family’s laziness and step up to the sink.
But how quickly should I get a repair man out here? Am I saving money, water and energy, (definitely NOT time) washing by hand? Since I didn’t know the answer, I did a little research and here is what I found:
“Many modern dishwashers use only half as much water as you would washing by hand, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. That can add up to thousands of gallons over the appliance lifespan -- about 11 years for most dishwashers. And the automatic part also saves you about four hours a week of boring and repetitive cleanup.
After discovering that it’s less wasteful to run my dishwasher (and apparently my Bosch was a good choice) than hand wash, I have promptly scheduled an appointment to get it fixed.
So what exactly did I do that was green this week?