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!