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10% of household water consumption is used for cooking, cleaning, washing or drinking in the kitchen.

  • Wash your vegetables in a container, not under running water.
  • When boiling vegetables, use just enough water to cover them and keep the lid on the saucepan. Your vegetables will boil quicker and maintain precious vitamins in the food.
  • Don’t rinse dishes under a running tap. If you have two sinks, fill the second one with rinsing water. If you have only one sink, stack washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a pan of hot water
  • Garbage-disposal units use about 6 litres of water per day. Put suitable food scraps into a composter or worm farm rather than down the kitchen sink.
  • To avoid wasting drinking water from a running tap, collect it in a bottle or jug and store it in the fridge until it is cool enough to drink.

Dishwashers vs by hand?

  • Washing your dishes using a modern 6-star WELS rated efficient dishwasher is usually more water efficient than washing by hand.
  • Scrape rather than rinse your dishes before putting them into the dishwasher.
  • Only use the dishwasher when you have a full load.
  • Use the rinse-hold setting on the dishwasher, if it has one, rather than rinsing dishes under the tap.

Choose a top rated dishwasher

Before buying a new dishwasher, check the manufacturer’s water efficiency labels. Australia’s Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme allows consumers to compare the water efficiency of different products using a star rating system. By buying more water efficient products you can save money on water and electricity bills and help the environment!

Waiting for the hot water to come through?

  • Catch running water whilst waiting for it to warm up. Use it to water plants, rinse dishes, or wash fruit and vegetables.
  • Insulate hot water pipes. This avoids wasting water while waiting for hot water to flow through and saves energy.
  • Make sure your hot water system thermostat is not set too high. Adding cold water to cool very hot water is wasteful.
  • New hot water systems allow you to specify the temperature without adding cold water.
  • Install a plumbing device that allows the cold water to be recirculated until it warms up.

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