• Don't use the "rinse hold" setting on your dishwasher if you're washing only a few dishes. It uses 3 to 7 gallons of water with each wash.
  • If your dishwasher allows you adjust your water temperature, set it at a lower temperature to save hot water.
  • Instead of rinsing large food pieces and bones off your dishes, scrape them off. In general, soak or pre-wash only burned-on or dried-on food.
  • Let your dishes air dry. If you don't have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open slightly so the dishes will dry faster.
  • When washing dishes, always run a full load for maximum savings, or set the controls for smaller loads.