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5 Ways to Conserve Water in the Kitchen

The average American uses about 100 gallons of water each day. Read these quick tips compiled from WaterUseItWisely.com as a reminder of easy water conservation tips around the home.

#1

Use your dishwasher -- it uses less water than washing your dishes by hand.  Make sure it's a full load before running it, and you'll save up to 1,000 gallons a month.

#2

If you have to wash a few pots by hand, turn the water off if you're not rinsing.  Better yet, instead of running the water while you scrub pots and pans, soak them in soap and water.

#3

Use a designated water bottle or glass to refill all day, allowing you to cut down on the number of glasses to wash.

#4

Wash fruits and vegetables in a pot of water rather than running the water over them.  Defrost food in the refrigerator rather than running it under the faucet.  Cook food in as little water as possible.  It also helps retain more of the nutrients.

#5

If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don't drop them in the sink -- place them in a houseplant instead!  You can collect the water you use to rinse your fruits and vegetables and use it to water houseplants, too. Source: http://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/