If you’re like most of us, you probably take your dinner plates and put them right in the dishwasher. But, did you know that washing your dishes by hand for 10 minutes can save up to 20 gallons of water? Rather than allowing the water to run as you wash, try filling the sink with, about, 5 gallons of water and do your washing. Then refill the sink with another 5 gallons to rinse.
Each time you run your dishwasher, you’re consuming about 8.7 gallons of water, so make sure to scrape your plates before loading, and only run the dishwasher with full loads.