- Wash loads when at full capacity; Use fast/eco wash programmes when possible.
- Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy. If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
- Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.
- Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
- Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of under running water from the tap.
Other tips from the Kitchen
Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, plan ahead and defrost food in the refrigerator.
Scrape dishes rather than rinsing them before washing.
If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.