The kitchen is a major consumer of water in the home
Here we use around 10% of total household water consumption for cooking, cleaning, washing or drinking.
Wash your vegetables in a container or under running water.
Remove food scraps by scraping into compost or a bin.
To avoid wasting drinking water from a running tap, collect it in a bottle or jug and store it in the fridge until it is cool enough to drink.
Garbage-disposal units use about 6 litres of water per day. Put suitable food scraps into a composter or worm farm rather than down the kitchen sink.
When you clean your fish tank, use the ‘old’ nitrogen and phosphorous-rich water on your plants.
When washing dishes by hand, use washing-up liquid sparingly.
The dishwasher is the highest consumer of water in the kitchen. Installing a water efficient model will save you not only water but also money. Before purchasing a new dishwasher, check the appliance for a WELS (National Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards scheme) label. The WELS scheme labels products for water efficiency - the more stars, the more water efficient the product.
Only use the dishwasher when you have a full load.
Use the rinse-hold setting on the dishwasher, if it has one, rather than rinsing dishes under the tap.
Waiting for the hot water to come through?
Catch running water whilst waiting for it to warm up. Use it to water plants, rinse dishes, or wash fruit and vegetables.
Insulate hot water pipes. This avoids wasting water while waiting for hot water to flow through and saves energy.
Make sure your hot water system thermostat is not set too high. Adding cold water to cool very hot water is wasteful.
New hot water systems allow you to specify the temperature without adding cold water.
Install a plumbing device that allows the cold water to be recirculated until it warms up.
Saving water in the kitchen
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