Water Saving Tips
Everybody's trying to save money nowadays, particularly in the home. Utility bills take around twenty per cent of the average take home salary, so saving on utilities, such as water, is an excellent way to keep some of that cash in your wallet. Today, we're talking about how you can save on water bills in your kitchen. A lot of people think about saving water in the bathroom, and whilst you don't use quite as much water in the kitchen, you can still cut back.
Read on to find out our best tips water saving
It saves money, not to mention water, to practice some simple conservation tips:
- Don’t run lawn sprinklers. I know the trend is to have a beautiful lawn but it’s so wasteful. Our lawn looks ok and we haven’t had rain in weeks. Lots of families are making the move to eliminate the front lawn altogether and instead plant veggies or hardy flowers. Other families are landscaping with stone or putting soccer nets and swingsets out in front..
- Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth. Really, this is a no brainer.
- Take shorter showers. All you need to do is lather up and rinse off, how long does that take? Use rainwater to water plants, the car and other items.
- Reuse your veggie water.
- Don’t flush unless you have to.
- Fill a bottle of water and use that for drinking instead of letting the faucet run for cold water.
- Two words: Gray water.
These are simple things we can do. Perhaps if one person does this it won’t do much good, but if we all do our part to conserve water, we’ll make a heck of a difference.
Get Water Saving Taps
Whether you like drinking tap water or you use it to make squash for the kids, one of the big money wasters is letting a tap run until it gets cold. Have a jug of drinking water that you keep in the fridge, that way it's always cold, whatever you're going to use it for. And if you're still spending money on expensive bottled water, consider getting a filter jug that will make tap water cleaner and better tasting.
Fill the Dishwasher Up
As tempting as it might be to get those dirty dishes done and put away, don't use the dishwasher until it's full. Some dishwashers have a half cycle, but most don't, in which case you're using exactly the same amount of water no matter how many dishes you put in. Fill it up.
Scrub in the Sink
You want to avoid running water as much as possible. If you've got veggies to scrub, especially potatoes then fill the sink with a few centimetres of water and scrub them in there. Then just do a quick rinse when you're done. You'll save plenty of water doing it this way.
When you want to defrost things in a hurry, it's tempting to do it under running water. If you're defrosting the fridge, do it naturally, or better, move the fridge outside if the weather's warm. For defrosting food, either defrost in the microwave or put it in the fridge overnight. It might take more time that way, but you'll save on your water costs.
Steam It Up
Instead of boiling things, go for steaming instead. Steaming uses much less water than boiling, plus, it's better for you, since vegetables retain their nutrients better when steamed. That way, you'll save money and be healthy too.