Using a dishwasher is more energy and water efficient than washing dishes, pots, pans and glasses by hand. But there is another thing you can do to make your dishwasher even greener: Skip the drying cycle. When everything is clean, open the dishwasher while the dishes are still wet. This will save energy and prevent streaks, spots and overdrying on more delicate items like plastic handles and food storage containers. All you have to do is let the hot water evaporate or wipe down your cookware with a dishtowel.