Anyway, I have got away from the dish pan habit and have also noticed that our water bill has been higher lately too. Whether this is from using a lot of water in the kitchen or not...who knows but I figure it doesn't hurt to be more aware of what we are doing :)
This is my dish pan in use :)
I fill it with hot soapy water in the morning when I get up. Put dirty dishes in it as needed through out the day. When I start to prepare dinner in the evening I put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, empty the water and add new.
Our dinner dishes then go in and any other dishes we use until bedtime. Before bed I again add the dishes to the dishwasher and empty and clean out the pan and let it dry over night. So far it is working well.
Hopefully I can save a $1 or 2 on my water bill. Every little bit adds up!