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By Eloise Evans on 02/05/2017
Welcome back to our Save Your Water blog series. If you missed last week's post on saving water in you bathroom, you can read it here.
Aside from the bathroom, the place you are most likely to use water in our homes is in the kitchen. The kitchen is on of the most used rooms in the kitchen for most homes, and if you're using more water than you need to, it means that you could probably do with cutting back your water consumption in the kitchen. In this post, we will be giving you a few tips to help reduce your water consumption in the kitchen.
- When using the dishwasher, make sure you use a full load every time! No matter how many dishes are in there, the dishwasher will still use the same amount of water, so you may as well get the most out of it and fill it up.
- Many modern dishwashers have different settings like 'eco' or 'economy', which use less water and energy. These will usually still be more efficient than handwashing and will keep your water usage low!
- Avoid rinsing the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher as you waste a lot of unnecessary water in doing so. Your dishwasher doesn't need you to clean the dishes beforehand, that's what it's made for.
- If you don't use enough dishes to be able to use a full load, try getting a slimline dishwasher, as it will fill up quicker and won't mean wasted water.
- When hand washing any dishes, make sure that you avoid running the water constantly by using a plug or a washing up bowl. A running tap can use a lot of water, and if you're washing up quite a few things in one go, it can lead to a lot of water wastage.
- Try adding a tap aerator to reduce the flow of the tap but not compromise on the power.
- With it accounting for over 15% of the water we use in our homes, washing clothes is a pretty good area that you can save on water. When buying a washing machine, make sure to find one with a good Waterwise ranking - under 7.5 litres per KG is typically a pretty water efficient washing machine.
- Try using the most water efficient cycles. There may be an 'eco' cycle or try reading the manual, that should tell you which is the most efficient cycle to use.
- Similarly to your dishwasher, a washing machine will use the same amount of water regardless of how much you put in there. Make sure you are filling your load up as much as you can, and if you don't have enough washing, throw in a couple of towels or something to just make the most out of the load.
- Now, this isn't somewhere that you should 'cut back your usage' on, as you should drink lots and lots of water. However, when you are waiting for the tap to run cold, you could be wasting up to 10 litres of water a day. A handy tip is to put some in a bottle or jug and keep it in the fridge - that way your water is always cold.
- If you have any leftover water, instead of just putting it down the sinks, give it to your plants!
- Only fill the kettle with how much water you need, this not only saves on your water but your electricity bill too!
- When boiling water on the hob, make sure that you put the lid on. This just means that there is less water escaping and it means your water cooks faster - it's a win, win!
Try these handy tricks and see a reduction in your water usage every single day. Don’t forget that water conservation is so important to yourself and the environment and every little thing you do, no matter how small, will always help!
If you need any help with reducing your water usage, why not give your local Drain Doctor a call and see how we can help you.
Make sure to come back next week where we will be looking at how you can save water in your garden!