Saving Water in your Kitchen
Water is abundant as 70% of the earth is covered in it. But drinking water is limited in a sense. Using water effectively actual helps save the earth and environment. Outside of the benefit for the environment, saving water has a positive impact on your bills, when you use less water, your water bill decreases. It can be hard to save water in every aspect of your home so we’ve compiled a list of simple and easy ways to save water in one of the most water intensive places in your home, the kitchen. Outside of the bathroom, and laundry room, the kitchen uses some of the most water in your home. From cooking, dishes, drinking water, etc. Every little saving counts and can make a difference.
Here are 6 easy ways to save money in the kitchen without having to sacrifice much
1) Don’t run faucet to clean vegetables or thaw out frozen foods – you could waste up to a gallon of water when you run water to clean vegetables or to thaw out frozen foods. Instead fill a bowl up with water to wash the vegetables. Use the defrost setting on your microwave if you’re short on time to defrost.
2) Re-use pasta cooking liquid – Instead of throwing out the liquid from pasta, cool it down and use it to water household plants.
3) Only run dish and clothes washers on full loads – Run the washer on full loads to save money.
4) Throw leftover ice cubes on a house plant not in the sink – dropped a few ice cubes on the floor? Instead of tossing them in the sink, throw them into a plant.
5) Turn faucets off tightly after each use to avoid leaks – after each use just make sure your faucets are turned tightly to avoid drips and leaks. One drip per second can cost you up to $1 per month. Every little drop counts.
6) Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge – Fridge doesn’t come with a filter for drinking water? That’s alright, but instead of running the faucet to get cold water each time you need a drink, keep a bottle or pitcher of drinking water in the fridge. That way you’ll always have drinking water readily available.
Going green and being efficient doesn’t have to be difficult and you shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort for efficiency. For more tips on saving on your energy bill sign up for a Home Energy & Home Improvement Maintenance Inspection here.