Everything you do leaves an eco footprint that affects the world. If you want to go green, you can start in your home. The first place you can begin with is the kitchen.
Aside from the bathroom, the kitchen consumes a lot of energy and water. However, there are steps you can take so you can reduce the water waste in the kitchen. Here are a few ideas you can do now to make a difference in your tomorrow.
- Fix all leaks immediately. The first thing you need to do is to check if there are any leaks in your kitchen. Not only does a leaky faucet waste water, it also adds to your water bill. Don’t procrastinate and fix it yourself or call a plumber immediately. If you can’t get to a plumber right away, shut off the main valve under the sink, or place a pot and collect the water that drips from the faucet. Use the collected water to wash dishes or water your plants.
- Use low flow faucets. Replace your old faucet with newer models that are more environmentally friendly. Newer faucets are more economical since the flow of water is more regulated.
- Use a basin. Place a basin in your sink and put your used dishes in it. By soaking the dishes in a basin, you reduce the amount of water and energy you use to clean it. If you have a single sink, use a basin for the pre-rinse when you’re washing dishes so you can soap all items at the same time and rinse as needed. This makes washing dishes more efficient.
- Avoid using running water. Use a basin and fill it up with cold water if you need to rinse your fruits and vegetables. This is a much more efficient way of cleaning your produce instead of placing it under running water.
- Use rinse water for your yard. When you use a basin, don’t throw out the dishwater that you have collected. To be truly efficient, use the water on your plants and lawn. This way, you won’t have to use as much water on your yard since you are recycling water.
- Run the dishwasher at full load only. If you want to cut back on energy and water waste, make sure you collect the dishes in your dishwasher and only run it when it is completely full. If you live alone, you may need to collect the dishes for an entire week. If the dishes will sit in the washer for a while, soak the plates in a basin of water to give it a pre-rinse. This way, your dishwasher won’t have a difficult time cleaning the dirty plates.
- Use a pitcher in the refrigerator rather than getting from the sink. If you want cold water, fill a pitcher and put it in the refrigerator. The alternative is to turn on the faucet and let it run for a few minutes so you have drinking water.
- Throw excess water and ice cubes in plants. If you have glasses that still have drinking water in it or you dropped an ice cube on the floor, throw it in a potted plant instead.
When you become more conscious of your water usage and take steps to
reduce it, you’ll notice a significant reduction in your water bill.
Every time you save on resources, you can also save money. Get everyone
in your home in on the act and start reducing all your waste today!