In the kitchen

When doing dishes in the dishwasher…

  • Only use the dishwasher when it’s full
  • Use short wash cycles for everything but the dirtiest dishes – it works just as well with less energy (and thus less water consumed)
  • Turn the dishwasher off after its final rinse and open the door, if there is no air-dry setting. The dishes will dry slowly, but without using any extra electricity (which also uses water) 
  • Select a water efficient model of dishwasher
  • Don’t wash the dishes under running water
  • Scrape any leftover and food scraps off plates before washing, instead of rinsing dishes before washing

When doing dishes in the sink

  • Wait for a full sink of dishes before you wash
  • Don’t wash the dishes under running water
  • Scrape any leftover and food scraps off plates before washing, instead of rinsing the dishes before washing

And other places in the kitchen…

  • Wash vegetables in a bowl of water, not under a running tap
  • Keep water after boiling eggs, vegetables and food like pasta for other purposes, like watering plants (once cooled) or filling up the dog bowls
  • Reheat your cold coffee and tea in the microwave instead of making a new cuppa, saving about a quarter of a litre each time 
  • Food wasted also equals lots of water wasted. Cut your food waste to help conserve water. 
  • Energy wasted also equals lots of water wasted. Cut your electricity use to help conserve water. 

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