In the Kitchen
- Run washing machines and dishwashers only with full loads to maximize efficiency.
- Avoid using sink disposals for food scraps. Composting food scraps is much more economical than using a garbage disposal.
- Don’t rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, or use a pan of water in the sink and re-use the water as long as possible.
- When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- When washing dishes by hand, use the least amount of detergent possible. This minimizes rinse water needed.
- Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks.
- Don't defrost frozen foods with running water. Either plan ahead by placing frozen items in the refrigerator overnight or defrost them in the microwave.
- Don't let the faucet run while you clean vegetables. Rinse them in a filled sink or pan.
- When buying new appliances, choose water-saving dishwashers and front-loading washing machines.