In The Kitchen
The kitchen accounts for more then 10% of household water use. Here are a few ways to help the watershed and save some money.
- Use only environmentally friendly, plant-based, phosphate free soap
- Run your dishwasher when it's FULL. This can save up to 10,000 liters of water a year.
- Select the shortest cycle
- Choose high efficiency models when replacing machines.
- Install a low-flow aerator on your kitchen tap. This can reduce your water consumption by up to 50%.
- Fill the sink: when washing fruits, veggies or dishes, partially fill the sink instead of running the tap continuously. You can save up to 5 liters of water each time.
- Repair leaks and turn the taps off tightly. One leak can waste several thousand liters of water per year.
- Install an instant water heater at sink. This saves water and reduces energy costs.
- Turn down your water heater. A lot of water is wasted when you have to add cold water to very hot water to cool it.
- Keep a container of drinking water in your refrigerator rather than running your tap until the water gets cold.
- Designate one glass to your daily drinking water. This cuts down on washing glasses.
Tap vs Bottled Water
- Use your cities drinking water in a reusable bottle instead of buying disposable bottled water.
- It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
- Even if you recycle plastic bottles, more energy is needed to reuse the plastic, and most ends up in a landfill anyway.
- Producing and transporting bottled water contributes to green house gas emissions and requires energy.
- Tap water costs you about $0.8 per 1,000 liters, or 0.0008 per liter. One bottle of water averages $1.75!