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For many household chefs, water plays a large role in your everyday activities. Washing dishes, boiling food, cleaning veggies, mopping the floor–all require a considerable amount of H2O. It’s no wonder 11% of indoor household water consumption takes place in the kitchen. Fortunately, there are many creative, simple ways to reduce water use in the kitchen. Not only will these following tips help you preserve the environment, they’ll also help you save on your water bills.
8 glasses of water per day may be what the doctor recommends, but there’s no need to use a different cup each time. Designate 1 cup for drinking water per day instead of grabbing a new cup for every refill. You’ll have to wash the dishes less often, saving water, time and money.
For those who dislike washing dishes, you’re in luck: the greenest way to use the dishwasher is to do less work! Instead of running daily half-loads, wait until your dishwasher is full before running a load. You can also forego pre-rinsing your dishes before putting them into the dishwasher. Following both these tips will save 20+ gallons per load.
Check your kitchen faucet, kitchen appliances and water heater for leaks on a regular basis. The next time you hear the drip-drip of the kitchen faucet, grab a wrench or locate a Plumber in your area. Fixing leaky plumbing fixtures can save up to 200 gallons of water per day.
What makes a kitchen faucet water-efficient? The EPA’s WaterSense program defines a water-efficient faucet as using a water flow maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute. This is a 30% reduction from the standard water flow of 2.2 gallons per minute. You can also consider a touchless faucet to conserve water and improve hygiene. Ask to see products that carry the WaterSense label when purchasing a new faucet.
When boiling, washing or steaming fruits and veggies, save the leftover water for your garden.
Seeking a cold glass of water from the tap? Instead of turning on the faucet and waiting for the water to run cold, fill up a pitcher with water and keep it in the refrigerator.
You may have used cold water thawing as a defrosting method in the past. However, cold water thawing requires running the tap until the water is cold. You also have to change the thawing water every 30 minutes.
Instead, put that bag of frozen peas in the refrigerator for one day to let it thaw. In a hurry? Place the frozen food in your microwave, hit “defrost,” and make sure to cook the food immediately after thawing.
Water bottles don’t just waste plastic; they also waste water. According to The Daily Green, 2 gallons of water are wasted for every gallon of water packaged. Drink water from the tap instead, and you’ll be doing your part to save water and money ($1,400 annually).
Saving water in the kitchen starts with selecting green Kitchen products. For those in Illinois, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, you can stop by a Crawford Supply Group showroom to learn about our water-conserving solutions. You can also set up a free Showroom Consultation with one of our knowledgeable team members.