I hand wash, and believe in it on a number of levels, not just the environmental one. It's one more thing that I can do for myself, rather than depend on a machine. I believe the very manufacture of that machine cancels any energy savings that might have resulted from it's use.
I also use a dish pan and use the water for outdoor plants, thus saving more of the earth's resources. (Yes, one could reroute the dishwasher's output into graywater system-if they only would.) The visual aspects of seeing the dishpan fill up is an incentive to use less water, whereas, when I use a machine I never see the accumulated water (or energy!) it uses. My two cents.
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