Ten Top Tips for Saving Water in the Kitchen

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 14.28.58The heart of the home is vital in saving our most precious resource. A simple shift in habits can save water and give us that helpful glow.

Kitchens are the heart of most homes and a huge proportion of our time is spent in them. Your time in the kitchen can, therefore, be critical in the fight to save water. By merely effecting 5 of our Top Ten Tips you can save up to 50% water and help provide more nutrition too.

  1. Try to only wash a full load, in your dishwasher, to save energy and water. If you must put a half load on, switch to economy or half load to continue to help.
  2. A running tap uses a huge amount of water so use a bowl when washing dishes or vegetables. Using a bowl can save up to 10 litres of water every time. The leftover water can be used to water houseplants or the garden.
  3. Fill up a jug of water for the fridge to chill. This can save litres by not running the tap until it is cold.
  4. Don’t use water to defrost frozen foods. Instead, plan ahead and leave them in the fridge overnight.
  5. Minimise the water when cooking vegetables. You only need enough water to just cover the level of your veg, pasta or potatoes. Bonus: with less water you keep more of the natural nutrients and flavour in your food.
  6. Use a steamer that fits over a pan. This way you can simply place over a boiling pan to save up to 50% of water.
  7. Always drink tap water over bottled where you can – it takes about 1.5 gallons of water to manufacture a single plastic bottle and plastic bottles are always made from new plastic material.
  8. Install a low-flow tap on your sink. Conventional taps only flow at around 5 gallons per minutes, in comparison to the 1.5 gallons per minute of low-flow taps.
  9. Using low phosphate detergents. Phosphates cause algae blooms which remove oxygen from water (potentially killing fish and organisms.) Look for alternatives containing zeolites and citrate.
  10. Learn more about ENERGY STAR water- and energy-efficient dishwashers. These can save up to 30% water.

Sources: www.energy.gov.uk Nov 2015 www.charitywater.co.uk Nov 2015

 

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