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Washing dishes by hand uses between 3.5 to 5 times more water than a regular dish washer or water efficient dish washer. Here are tips that everyone can use.

TIP 1: When cleaning vegetables, use a pan of water instead of a running faucet.

TIP 2: Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator to avoid running the tap to get a glass of cool water. 

TIP 3: Scrape the dishes without rinsing as you load the dishwasher, or use a pan of water instead of a running faucet. 

TIP 4: Only run full loads of dishes. To help conserve electrical energy, run the dishwasher during off-peak hours.

TIP 5: When practical, avoid using your garbage disposal for food waste. This not only reduces water usage, but it also helps keep your sewer pipes clear.