Confession: I don't always turn off the faucet while washing dishes. According to Scientific American, though, you can use more than 40 gallons of water by letting the faucet run while washing the dishes. Racked with guilt, I pledge now to turn it off while lathering up. Seriously, that's a lot of water.
In a perfect world, I'd have a modern, electric dishwasher to do the job, which uses less water than hand washing when full (for you lucky dishwasher owners). Two sinks is better than one, too: fill one for washing and one for rinsing, and turn the faucet off. But in my rented half-kitchen, I have just a sink and a wee counter, making an already-mundane job even more tedious. But no more excuses!
What about you? Are you a not-so-proud faucet runner or a little more planet-friendly? Share your tips and thoughts below!