17 Ways to Save Water in Your Kitchen

Saving water is like Saving your children

There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you

#1 When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.

#2 Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy.

#3 If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.

#4 Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.

#5 Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.

#6 Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.

#7 Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

#8 Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.

#9 Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.

#10 Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.

#11 Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup, it’s one more way to get eight glasses of water a day.

#12 Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.

#13 Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.

#14 If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.

#15 Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water houseplants.

#16 When shopping for a new dishwasher, use the Consortium for Energy Efficiency website to compare water use between models.