Easy tips to use less water in the kitchen and bathroom (without spending heaps of money)
Everybody benefits when you conserve water. You get a significant break on your utility bills, along with the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped out the environment. Best of all, many of the best ways to save water in your kitchen and bathroom don’t require you to spend a ton of money. In fact, most of them don’t cost anything at all!
Saving Water in Your Kitchen
- Use as little water as possible when you boil foods. All you really need is enough to keep your pasta, vegetables or whatever you’re cooking submerged, so there’s no need to fill a huge pot all the way to the brim. Not only will you save water, but your food will lose less of its flavor and nutrients in the water.
- Give your dishwasher a break, and wash your dishes by hand instead. Fill one basin of your sink halfway with hot, soapy water, and fill the other basin about a quarter of the way full with cold water. Use the hot water to soak and scrub your dishes, and then rinse them in the cold water.
- Stop washing fruits and vegetables under the faucet. Instead, fill a large bowl about halfway with cool water, and use a vegetable brush to gently scrub your produce.
- Keep a pail or other large container handy in your kitchen, and use it to save the water you used for washing of boiling vegetables. You can reuse this water to keep your garden and house plants watered (just be sure to let it cool first).
Saving Water in Your Bathroom
- Trim some time off your showers. Even with a low flow showerhead, a 10-minute shower uses up to 25 gallons of water, so every minute counts. If you have a hard time sticking to shorter showers, set your smartphone alarm for 5 minutes just before you jump into the shower, and wash up in a hurry.
- If your shower takes a minute to heat up, keep a 5-gallon bucket in your bathroom and use it to catch the water while you wait for it to get hot. This water is perfect for cleaning or watering plants, and you can also put it into your toilet tank.
- Convert your old toilet to a low flow toilet by filling an empty plastic juice bottle or jug with water and placing it in the toilet tank, This will reduce the amount of water wasted with every flush.
- Root out leaky toilet problems. It might cost a little bit of money to have a leaky toiler fixed, but you’ll save a huge amount of water. To detect leaks, squirt a little dye or food coloring into the toilet tank. If you start to see the color in the bowl without flushing, then you have a leak.
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