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.

Dishwashers

  • 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.


Sinks

  • 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.

 

Drinking

  • 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!