Save water in the kitchen

Why save water?

  1. Using less hot water saves you money on your energy bill.
  2. The less water you use, the lower your carbon footprint.
  3. Only 1–2% of the water on the planet is drinkable, so it must be used efficiently.

How to save water

  • Use tap water and soap to wash dishes whenever possible and run dishwashers on a full load if necessary.
  • Use as small pots as possible when boiling or poaching.
  • Steam vegetables over a boiling pot rather than boiling them in a new pot.
  • Allow cooking water to cool and use to water plants.
  • Keep cold water in the fridge to save running a tap until the water is cold.
  • Wash fruit and vegetables in a basin or bowl rather than under a running tap.
  • When making a tea or coffee, fill your mug with cold water then pour into an empty kettle. This avoids boiling excess water and using more energy than you need to.

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