When using appliances like your dishwasher and washing machine, you tend to use a lot of water. Same goes for when you use your sink or shower, and even when you clean. So, here are some tips to help conserve water use when using your water-savvy appliances.
Let's start by saving water in the kitchen, and in the sink. Instead of pre-rinsing, scraping off food before putting dishes in the dishwasher is ideal. But, if you still like to scrub the debris left on your dishes, make it easier and cut down on the water you use by soaking the pots and pans in warm, soapy water. Next, use some Watersense! It's an aerator for your faucet that are required to meet standards for water-conservation. We can also conserve water in the dishwasher by only doing full loads of dishes. However, do not overfill because then the water and detergent won't reach all the contents of the dishwasher, which could lead to rewashing some dishes, and that's just a waste of water.
Next, we have some tips on how to prevent too much water use in the laundry room. Firstly, wash full loads but same as the dishwasher, don't overfill. You could damage the agitator and have to rewash the clothes. Second, make sure to measure your laundry detergent in your HE or front load washing machine. Also, make sure to use HE detergent in HE machines. If there are too many suds, it could cause the washer to extend it's cycle. Finally, make sure the washer is set at the correct water level. Front load and HE washers can detect what the right water level setting is but, if yours needs to be manually set, don't forget!
Lastly, it's imperative to go over water conservation in the bathroom. For one, use a water-conserving shower head, such as a Watersense one. to regulate how much water is used. Also,stick to quick showers as an alternative to long baths. And, if you're extra keen on saving water, bring in a bucket when you shower, and use the left-over water to water plants and clean around the house.
One final piece of advice is to replace old appliances! Old appliances are much more wasteful with water, and modern ones are much more water-conscious.
In closing, hopefully those tips will help you save water in your home by starting with your appliances.
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