Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather
than letting the tap run, when you want a cold
glass of water. Did you know that you could
refill an 8-oz. glass of water approximately
15,000 times for the same cost as a six-pack of
Little leaks add up in a hurry! A faucet drip
that totals only two tablespoons a minute comes
to 15 gallons a day. Thatís 105 gallons a week
or 5,460 wasted gallons of water a year.
Donít let the faucet run when you scrub
vegetables or prepare other foods. Put a stopper
in the sink instead.
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
Start a compost pile! Garbage disposals require
lots of water to operate properly. Composting
scraps will also reduce demand on our landfills
and wastewater reclamation facilities.
Automatic dishwashers claim the most water in
kitchens, about 14 gallons per load. Running
dishwashers after 10:00 pm also helps reduce the
demand on the water treatment facility during
peak hours. For more information on water
efficient dishwashers, try the Environmental
Energy Star Dishwashers page.
Fill your dishwasher full because it will use
the same amount of water for a normal cycle,
whether it contains a full load of dishes or
just a few items. Also, thereís really no need
to fully wash dishes before loading in the
dishwasher. Just scrape the food off and let the
dishwasher do the rest of thework.
When itís time to replace your dishwasher look
for the most water efficient ones. A dishwasher
with a water-saver function uses 8.5
gallons/load, which is 5.5 gallons per load less
than a standard dishwasher.
If you wash dishes by hand, donít leave the
water running for rinsing. If you have two
sinks, fill one with soapy water and one with
rinse water. If you have only one sink, gather
washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with
a sprayer or a pan full of hot water.
Make sure there is an aerator installed on your
faucet. The way a faucet aerator works is by
the water flow that comes out of the faucet by
essentially mixing the water with air. You won't
notice the difference in the amount of water
when you use it. In fact, the water pressure may
even feel stronger after the aerator is
installed. Meanwhile, the aerator is allowing
you to save on your water usage by about half!
If you do the math, you can probably save about
280 gallons of water a month. Plus, when you use
less water, you use less oil or gas to heat that
water. This gives you even more savings.
There are different types of faucet aerators,
and they are all pretty inexpensive, and can be
purchased for less than $2. You may already have
faucet aerators installed, but you want to make
sure that they are the most efficient. All
faucet aerators come with the flow rate
imprinted on its side. You want faucet aerators
with 2.75 gpm. The gmp stands for gallons per
minute. For most faucets, aerators can be
installed by simply screwing them on the end of
the faucet by hand.
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