I know, I know that using a dishwasher uses more electricity than hand washing, though it does use less water. But guess what? I have only a limited amount of time each day, and I spend enough of it cooking. If I also had to add hand washing all dishes to my list of crap to do, I’d order take out daily.
So, when our dishwasher is full, we wash our dishes on the “energy saving” setting and “air dry” as soon as dinner is over. It is usually done washing before we go to bed, and we open the dishwasher and pull the racks out to dry over night.
Come morning, we have dry dishes without spending money on the energy to dry them.