I was talking with a friend and she mentioned that her husband is annoyed with how she runs the dishwasher 2 - 3 times a day, and they're considering buying paper plates because it might be cheaper than the energy/water/detergent they're currently using.

I was kind of surprised that they run it so much, since they're a family of three. But maybe they cook a lot? I wondered what might be average, hence the poll.

We are a family of four, and we run it once a day. I run it even if it's only half full, because if I don't, some sort of chemical reaction happens where dirty dishes pile up out of no where. So I run it once at night and empty it in the morning, almost always. What about you?