The Kitchen
sink
When washing dishes by hand, fill up the sink with soapy water so you don't need to keep the tap running.

Believe it or not, running the dishwasher actually uses less water than handwashing dishes. However, that’s only true when you avoid excessive pre-rinsing and only run the dishwasher when it’s full. When you do handwash dishes, fill the sink with soapy water to wash and turn on the tap only to rinse. You can also cut down on the number of times you must wash dishes by using just one glass for drinking water each day.

One other way to save water in the kitchen is to always use a pot or pan that is appropriate for the amount of food you are cooking. Often we use a pan that is much larger than what we need—and therefore, use more water than is necessary to cook our food. As an extra benefit, cooking your food in less water will better preserve its nutrient value.

Another good idea is to install an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don't have to let the water run while it heats up. As a bonus, an instant water heater can also reduce your home’s energy use.

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