How to Conserve in the Kitchen & Laundry

  1. Use your automatic dishwasher only for full loads. Pre-rinsing dishes prior to loading in a dishwasher is an unnecessary and wasteful use of water. 
  2. Use your automatic washing machine only for full loads. Use the proper water level or load size selection on the washing machine. 
  3. If you wash dishes by hand, don't leavethe water running for rinsing. If you have two sinks, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have only one sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack, and rinse them with a spray device or a panful of hot water.
  4. Don't let the faucet run while you clean vegetables. Just rinse them in a stoppered sink or a pan of clean water.
  5. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. Running tap water to cool it off for drinking water is wasteful.
  6. Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Leaks waste water 24 hours a day, seven days a week and often can be repaired with only an inexpensive washer.
  7. Consider water consumption levels on appliances. When purchasing a washing machine or dishwasher, consider water consumption as well as energy efficiency. Most manufacturers now provide this information to consumers.
  8. Install a low-flow aerator on all faucets.