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In the Kitchen

  1. Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, and then reuse it to water houseplants.
  2. Consider installing an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don't have to let the water run while it heats up. This will also reduce heating costs for your household.
  3. Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number glasses to wash.
  4. Don't use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety. Or use the defrost setting on your microwave.
  5. For cold drinks keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
  6. Kitchen sink disposals require lots of water to operate properly. Garbage disposals also can add 50% to the volume of solids in a septic tank which can lead to malfunctions and maintenance problems.
  7. Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing food waste instead of using a garbage disposal.
  8. Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or properly set the water level for the size of load you are using.
  9. Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
  10. Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.
  11. Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.
  12. Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
  13. When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  14. If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
  15. One more way to get eight glasses of water a day is to re-use the water left over from cooked or steamed foods to start a scrumptious and nutritious soup.
  16. Don't overfill the kettle when making a cup of tea. Only fill and boil what you need, this will save you money on your energy costs too.

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