Tips to Conserve Water in the Kitchen

It seems as if everyday we are reminded of some area of the world that is facing drought conditions. Most recently the western United States is in the middle of what some believe is the worse drought conditions they have ever faced. We all should learn from what they are going through and learn how to conserve what is a very precious resource. To do our part we have tried to cut back in the area of our household that we use the most water in, our kitchen. So we thought it would be a good idea to share.

Tips to Conserve Water in the Kitchen

Let’s breakdown the areas within the kitchen into zones:

The Kitchen Sink

  • Repair leaking faucets. A moderately leaking faucet can waste over a gallon per day so over time the savings will more than pay for any repairs.
  • Replace outdated kitchen faucets with new models that are designed to operate by touch and turn off automatically. This can reduce your water consumption in half, especially if you wash dishes by hand.
  • If you do dishes by hand use a large tub filled with water for rinsing instead of rinsing under running water.

The Dishwasher

  • Stop rinsing the dishes prior to loading them into the dishwasher. Current models of dishwashers are designed to handle the bits and pieces of food left on dishes.
  • Only run your dishwasher when it is fully loaded. Ideally you should separate your loads when possible, similar to how you might separate your laundry. Lightly soiled dishes can be washed on the lightest setting to conserve water and when necessary you can use the pot scrubbing setting only when required.

The Refrigerator

  • Make the switch to Silk Brand Products. Silk not only provides delicious,plant-based nourishment, but also conserves water because producing Silk saves 500 gallons of water per half gallon over conventional dairy milk.
  • Stop drinking bottled water. Instead utilize a filter pitcher if you don’t like the taste of tap water or live in an area where your well water is not suitable to drink.

The Stove

  • Reduce the amount of water you use when cooking pasta, generally it is only necessary to use half the recommended amount. Use only an amount that will cover your pasta. To prevent the pasta from sticking stir frequently.
  • Steam vegetables in place of boiling them. Not only will you conserve water but you will retain more of the natural flavors and nutrients.
  • Never throw cooking water down the drain. It’s perfect for watering plants indoors or outside. You can even throw it on the compost pile along with any food scraps.

Are there other ways you conserve water in the kitchen? Are you ready to help conserve one of our most precious natural resources. Here’s your chance, simply “share” one of Silk’s Earth Month Videos and Silk will donate $1 to The Nature Conservancy (up to $20,000).

Wanting to learn more about Silk and saving water? Head on over to the Silk facebook page for more insight into the benefits of switching and making a change for the better. While you are there “like” the Silk facebook page and fill out the entry form to win one of 200 indoor or outdoor water saving prize packages.

But don’t rush off until you’ve entered our giveaway!

We’ll be giving a (4) giveaway packs, each containing an Indoor Water Bank Saving Eco-Kit along with a Silk branded bag and tumbler. Give us a “like”, share one of the Silk Yay Water videos and leave a comment letting us know your facebook page and which video you shared. Simple as that!

Silk wants you to help us celebrate water! Every time you share one of Silk’s water conservation videos, Silk will donate $1 to The Nature Conservancy (up to $20,000) to help with water conservation efforts.

I was compensated for this post but the views and opinions expressed in this post are solely mine. WhiteWave is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me. This giveaway is not administered by WhiteWave or its affiliates, but solely by myself.