How to save water in your kitchen
In my bid to pay off debt I’ve been looking to make savings on things around the home and saving on utilities such as my water bill has been a priority.
I published a post recently with 15 fantastic tips on how to save water in your bathroom and now it’s time for me to share the tips that I have compiled to save water in your kitchen. I hope, if you try some these tips you’ll see a reduced water bill at the end of each month.
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Here are 15 more tips to saving water in your kitchen, enjoy:
Use your dishwasher
It’s a common belief that washing dishes by hand saves more water. I can’t recount how many times my Dad used to tell me I was wasting money using one of those “things”. But the truth is doing your pots in a sink several times a day can be more expensive than an energy efficient dishwasher.
Standard capacity dishwasher, in comparison to compact capacity dishwashers, are even more efficient on water, despite what energy efficiency labels may tell you, because they hold more dishes and therefore require less frequent use.
I hope my Dad reads this.
Use shorter cycles on your dishwasher
Most dishwasher have an economy wash that take less time and less water. Many also have the option to avoid the heating cycle, which will save your electricity bill. A double win!
Don’t pre-rinse your dishes
I know way too many people that insist on pre-rinsing dishes. It drives me nuts. Scrape excess food from your dishes and let your dishwasher do what it’s supposed to do.
Only run the dishwasher when it’s full
If you don’t have a lot of used pots during a single day then let them build up in your dishwasher and turn it on after a few days when it’s full. You use the same amount of water in a dishwasher whether it’s full or half-full.
When you wash dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running to rinse each pot
Instead, fill a pan with hot water, or buy a spray device for your tap, then rinse the pots in a rack on your draining board once all the pots have been washed.
Leaving the water running to rinse your dishes as you wash is just wasting epic amounts of water! If you are fortunate enough to have a double basin then fill one sink with your soapy water and the other with rinse water and transfer the pots to rinse.
Don’t leave the tap running whilst cleaning vegetables
Similarly to not leaving your tap running to rinse your pots, don’t leave it running when cleaning your veggies and fruit! Instead, fill a pan of clean water and rinse in there.
When you have finished, use the water for plants in the garden or throw the water onto your lawn. Reusing water is like getting double value from your water bill.
Keep drinking water in the fridge
This is a great idea. I’m a stickler for turning the tap on waiting for 30 seconds or more until nice cold water comes out of the tap. Think of how much water you waste every time you need a drink of water and you do that?
Instead, buy yourself a sealed water container for the fridge and fill it up.
You could even drop some fresh fruit like orange, lemon or lime into the jug to flavour it.
Don’t use the waste disposal
Waste disposal machines are supposed to be used with water and require a lot of it to work properly. They also add considerable solids to your waste pipes which can cause problems.
To put your waste to better use start a compost heap or worm farm in your garden, they don’t have to take up a lot of space and they are fantastic for your garden. Place most of your vegetable scraps in the compost bin. For other waste products just use the bin, but doing this will reduce the amount of waste you produce which is an extra win, especially if you pay for trash removal based on volume, as I do.
Limit utensils and crockery when preparing and eating food
Reduce down the number of utensils you use to prepare and cook food. The same applies for presenting your food. Some people like to place food in pots to place in the middle of the table for people to serve themselves, this just creates more pots to wash and more water to waste. Plate up your food before serving and cut down on plates, flatware, glasses and any other dishes where you can.
Use less water to cook food
When cooking food that requires water, like steamed or boiled vegetables, or pasta, try to use the smallest amount of water you can to do the job. I find when cooking frozen vegetables that they require very little water.
During the summer, I also place the waste water from the pan after draining into a watering can to use on the garden later.
Use tight-fitting lids on pans
To minimize the loss of steam on pans use some tight fitting lids.
Escaping steam is wasted water and you should try to contain it, unless of course your recipe requires that you uncover the can while cooking, perhaps to reduce down a sauce.
Saving even a small amount of water when cooking can add up to significant savings on your water bill over time.
Don’t place drinking water on the table unless people drink it
If you find you are placing drinking water on the table but no one drinks it then stop doing it.
If you place the water in a jug and no one drinks it you could always use that water in your kettle later. Because the jug has contained water, and no one has drunk from it directly, you can literally empty the jug and leave it to dry, no washing required and more water saved.
Heat water on the stove or in the microwave
Only boil the water you’ll actually need in the kettle. Kettles are scarily expensive to run anyway so limiting filling the kettle with the amount of water you need will reduce boiling time, saving you money on electricity as well as avoiding much of you water dissipating into steam.
Install a point-of-use hot water heater
If you need hot water on a regular basis for cooking, dishwashing and hot drinks then consider installing a point-of-use hot water heater or instant hot water system under the sink. It will supply hot water as soon as you turn on the tap. They are relatively cheap to buy.
I’ve mentioned a couple of times about saving water from washing or cooking vegetables, or unused drinking water, to be used on your plants or lawn. The correct term for “second hand water” is “greywater”.
It’s estimated that during summer 40% of household water usage is used on gardens. Using greywater can help you re-purpose your water and save yourself that cost and, as I mentioned earlier, doubling up on the value of your dollar on your water bill. Just be careful with what is in the water and where you are putting it. Water containing contaminants may not be safe for edible plants.
Do you have any tips money saving tips to add?
If you have any other tips to save money on water in the bathroom please feel free to share them in the comments section. I’m quite sure I’ve not captured them all!