How to Save Water in Your Kitchen


How to Save Water in Your Kitchen

Water is one of the most important commodities for any household. Just like energy, your water bills can easy ramp up if you are not aware of some things that can help you save some water in the long run. Here are the tips that you can do to maximize the usage of water in the busiest part of your house – the kitchen.

Installing a motion-sensor faucet

Using a motion-sensor faucet in your kitchen can save you a considerable amount of water. The technology behind these devices is based on the principle of proximity sensing, meaning that they only turn on when motion is detected. However, there are certain precautions you should take when installing a motion-sensor faucet, which is why you should research the product thoroughly before buying one. A simple zip tie will help you band the hoses together.

The motion-sensor faucet uses touchless technology, making it easy for people to use without having to use a button or a switch. Some models come with touch-sensitive sensors built into the spout or handle, while others don’t.

Installing a faucet aerator

There are three main types of aerators available. The aerated stream is the most common type of aerator in households. This stream introduces air into the water stream so that the water comes out evenly. A laminar stream does not have air but still offers more GPM. And finally, the spray stream is best for faucets that do not require a high GPM.

In the case of an aerator installed on the outside of the faucet, you may use pliers to unscrew the screw. If the aerator is “hidden,” you will need a small aerator key to unscrew it. You can purchase these “keys” at home improvement stores or online. Alternatively, you can ask the manufacturer of your faucet for one. Be sure to mention the make and model number of the faucet so that they can send you the right kind of key.

Using a water-efficient washing machine or dishwasher

Installing a water-efficient dishwasher or washing machine in the kitchen will help you save water in several ways. The most obvious is to only run the dishwasher when the load is full. If you don’t have a dishwasher, you can also load your dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher. A high-efficiency dishwasher uses about 50 percent less water than a standard one.

A dishwasher can save you about $130 yearly, or 15 gallons of water per load. It uses half the water as a standard sink and saves up to 80,000 glasses of water annually. This is more than enough to pay for an energy-efficient dishwasher in a couple of years. If you’d prefer to use a dishwasher, make sure to adjust the load level as needed.

Hand washing dishes

Dishwashers aren’t the only place to save water in the kitchen. You can also hand wash items such as chef’s knives and wooden chopping boards. Dishwashers run water at temperatures 140 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit, which is too hot for handwashing dishes. Handwashing dishes can also dry out your hands and reduce the life of your manicure. While saving water in the kitchen by hand washing dishes, you’ll also protect the environment from damaging water pollution and wasteful materials.

Dishwashers use less water when full, but some smaller households don’t have the luxury of waiting for the dishwasher to fill up. Using a sink instead of a dishwasher may be more convenient for those with a limited budget, but hand washing can save water in the kitchen.

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