Creighton Samuiels wrote:If you truly are concerned about the difference in water consumption between hand-washing dishes and using a dishwasher; you can buy a new water-compliant dishwasher available this year (which consume a maximum of 2.5 gallons per fill cycle, or typically 5 gallons per standard wash & rinse; I work in a dishwasher factory)
Creighton Samuiels wrote:or simply plant a deciduous tree. One adult tree will contribute about as much water into the air, and thus the water cycle, as an acre of ocean surface; and it is not difficult for an acre of woodlot to hold 50+ mature trees. As a bonus, you are also (temporarily) sequestering carbon during their growth.
Peter Ingot wrote:By the same logic, living without a washing machine would be slightly more bearable if we wore different clothes - shirts with detachable cuffs and collars for instance (something which went out around the time washing machines came in). I still value my washing machine very highly, but technology can become addictive rather than simply useful when we build our lives around it.
Creighton Samuiels wrote:I'm not trying to start more arguments, but I live in Kentucky, where there is no water shortage to speak of