Tips for saving water in the kitchen:

  1. Load up that dishwasher. Waiting until you have full loads saves water and energy.
  2. Don’t rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Scraping instead of rinsing dishes before you load them can save you 10 or more gallons of water per load.
  3. When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running while you wash. Fill the second side of the sink with rinse water instead. Besides, you’re fighting a losing battle when you compare washing those dinner dishes by hand (16-25 gallons) with today’s energy efficient dishwashers (4-7 gallons).
  4. Feed the compost pile, not the garbage disposal. Place food scraps in a container near the sink for later composting. If you do use a disposal, use it less often.
  5. Install an aerator on your faucet. It will mix air into the flow, while maintaining the pressure. It’s inexpensive. You won’t notice the difference in the water flow—but you’ll cut your faucet water use in half.

Tips for saving water in the laundry room:

  1. Load up that machine. Wait until you have a full load, to save water and energy. If you must do a smaller load, adjust the water level accordingly.
  2. Make your next washer an Energy Star model. Replace a conventional washer with a high-efficiency one (that uses 27 gallons per load or less) and you’ll lower your energy bills and use about 38 percent less water. That’s 5,000-7,000 gallons per year for the average household.