10 Free Ways to Save Water in the Kitchen
by Peter Speckner, Communications Coordinator
The average person living in the Region of Waterloo uses 200 litres of water a day so our regional government created an online self-audit called the WET Challenge. It is part of an effort to lower the average amount of water used per person to 165 litres.
Here are ten ways you can conserve water in your kitchen–without spending a single cent. In fact, using these tips can save you money and help the environment.
- Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables
Rinse them in a stoppered sink or a pan of clean water.
- Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods
Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your microwave.
- Re-use your pasta cooking liquid
Instead of dumping that water down the drain, try draining your pasta water into a large pot. Once it cools, you can use it to water your plants. Just make sure you wait, because if you dump that boiling water on your plants, you might harm them.
- Use your dishwasher for only full loads
Automatic dishwashers should be fully loaded for optimum water conservation. This can save up to 1,000 litres a month. Most makers of dishwashing soap recommend not pre-rinsing dishes which is also a big water savings.
- If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink
Drop them in a house plant instead.
- Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge
Running tap water to cool it off for drinking water is wasteful. Store drinking water in the fridge in a safe reusable drinking bottle.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing
If you have a double-basin, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have a single-basin sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a pan full of hot water. Dual-swivel aerators are available to make this easier. If using a dishwasher, there is usually no need to pre-rinse the dishes.
- Select the proper pot size for cooking
Large pots may require more cooking water than necessary.
- Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean
- Teach children to turn off faucets tightly after each use
Do you have any tips to share? Any habits that don’t require spending a cent?