The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to commune with friends,
family, and loved ones. However, when you entertain holiday guests, it
can be harder to maintain your eco-friendly lifestyle. You can still conserve
water this season with a few simple tweaks to your routine.
Use Kitchen Smarts
Most of us use our kitchens more often during the holidays. Whether it's
for prepping the holiday ham or stuffing the turkey, there's something
about the season that makes us all turn to food. When you're in the
kitchen, try using some simple water-conserving tips:
- Defrost your holiday bird (or anything else) in the refrigerator, not under
running water. A running faucet can dispense up to 4 gallons of water
a minute, creating serious waste. But remember to plan ahead: A turkey
can take up to three days to thaw in a refrigerator, depending on its
size. Another perk? Meat that defrosts in a fridge is safer, as bacteria
has less time to grow.
- Scrape your extra food into the trash, not the sink. And if you want to
avoid plumbing issues, never put bones, rice, pasta, or eggshells in the disposal.
- Rinse your fruits and veggies in a prefilled pan or bowl of water, not
under a running faucet. Use a cloth or soft brush lightly to scrub off
any extra residue.
- Use appropriately sized pans. Larger pans take more water to wash, so use
only what you need.
- If you have a double sink, fill one with soapy water and the other with
plain water to rinse dishes. Try not to drain and refill while washing
dishes, unless the water becomes exceptionally dirty.
- Keep pitchers of cool water in your fridge. Running the tap to achieve
your desired temperature is wasteful.
Practice Green Appliance Use
When you're running your dishwasher or washing machine, use them only
when you have full loads. Don't separate your guests' laundry
from your own; just make one big load to conserve energy. If your guests
are as eco-conscious as you are, there's no need to wash the guest
linens or towels every day.
Post Tips around the House
Posting tips or suggestions around water usage areas, such as the bathroom,
kitchen, or laundry room, can get everyone thinking about
conservation. Here are some ideas:
- Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth to save gallons of water
- Take shorter showers to help conserve water.
Prepare For Guests' Arrival
Before you entertain guests, take a quick look around the house to make
sure that you're doing your best to conserve water. Are your faucets
free of leaks? Are your pipes properly insulated? Do you have
low-flow showerheads installed? Simple fixes like these not only help the environment, they'll
also help your wallet in the long run.
At The Eco Plumbers, we're committed to helping you conserve water.
If you have any questions about our eco-friendly plumbing services or
want extra suggestions about leading a water-conserving lifestyle,
please contact us. We have free in-home inspections and service quotes!