Whether you're a five-star chef or just a fan of instant mashed potatoes, you probably use a lot of water when you're in the kitchen. Water is absolutely essential in cooking and cleaning, but a lot of people aren't mindful of how much they use on a regular basis. Not only can water conservation lower your monthly bill, it can also help the environment.
So, what can you do to more efficiently use your water while in the kitchen?
One of the biggest wastes of water in the kitchen has to do with a tap running straight down the drain. There are a variety of reasons as to why people do this, and pretty much all of them can be avoided. If you like to wash your vegetables when you get them home from the store, you may want to simply put water in a bowl and reuse for each piece of produce. You'll be surprised how little water you actually need.
Another major reason people run the tap is to get the water up to temperature. While this is simply a reality of the situation, that water you use while the tap heats up doesn't have to go to waste. Use this time to fill up a pitcher that you can then use to water your plants or give to your pets once it cools down.
Washing dishes is by far the biggest water waster in the entire kitchen. Once more, it's not actually your dishwasher that's doing most of the damage. In fact, washing by hand is way less efficient than letting the machine do it. Washing your dishes by hand can end up using roughly 27 gallons of water. Relying on an energy-efficient dishwasher, on the other hand, will only require about 3 gallons. On top of this, make sure to only run the dishwasher when it's completely full.
That said, certain items simply cannot be cleaned in a dishwasher and therefore must be washed in the sink. If and when this happens to you, do your best to only use a few inches of water. Unless you're cleaning a large bowl or pot, you most likely won't need much more than this. What's more, avoid running the tap while you wash. A quick spritz at the end to get the suds off will do just fine.
While not a huge deal at first, leaky faucets can lead to a lot of waste if you let matters get out of hand. A tap that drips once per second will end up expelling more than 3,000 gallons of water every single year. Of course, having a leaky faucet for an entire year would probably drive you mad to begin with, but even a few months of dripping water can end up wasting more than you need to.
If your water bill is getting out of control or your leak just won’t stop contact your local Roto Rooter professional today.
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