EPA Earth Month Tip of the Day - April 5, 1011: Make it a full load! Run your dishwasher only when it's full.

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 04/05/2011 - 13:31.

Earth Month Tip of the Day: Make it a full load.

Today's environmental tip: Make it a full load! Run your dishwasher only when it's full. Don't pre-rinse dishes - tests show pre-rinsing doesn't improve dishwasher cleaning, and you'll save as much as 20 gallons of water per load. When you buy a new dishwasher, look for one that saves water. Water-efficient models use only about only about 4 gallons per wash.

More information: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/tips/index.htm
Podcast: http://www.epa.gov/earthday/podcasts

en español: Lave una tanda completa! Usa el lavaplatos sólo cuando esté lleno. No enjuague los platos con anterioridad-se ha demostrado que el lavarlos con antelación no mejora el lavado del lavaplatos y puede ahorrar hasta 20 galones de agua en cada tanda. Cuando compre un lavaplatos nuevo, busque uno que ahorra agua. Los modelos de uso eficiente de agua sólo utilizan unos cuatro galones en cada tanda.

Más información: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/esp.htm
Podcast: http://www.epa.gov/earthday/espanol/podcasts.htm

Want more tips? Visit EPA's Earth Day site to learn more about Earth Day, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and what you can do to help protect human health and the environment.