Saturday, February 16, 2008

Carbon Fast for Lent: Dishwasher Day Off

The Second Saturday in Lent “Give your dishwasher a day off or promote it to a Grade A [EnergyStar] energy efficient appliance.”

Our household dishwasher is not Maytag or G.E., it’s M.E. And I’m not sure that giving me the day off is going to cut the carbon footprint — although who am I to argue? It’s easy to be virtuous when one doesn’t own many appliances, it’s true. But I do need to focus on not letting the hot water run so much, and using a drain stopper or a dishpan instead.

Today’s mitzvah: The Carbon Fast speaks: give the dishwasher a rest today.

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