Cooking

  • Instead of allowing the tap to run, fill a bowl with water and wash fruit or peel vegetables. The water can then be used on the garden.
  • Cook vegetables using a pressure cooker, by steaming or microwaving, rather than boiling them in saucepans full of water.
  • Thaw frozen food beforehand or in the microwave, rather than using running hot water.
  • Fill your dishwasher first before using.
  • Rinse dishes in a bowl of water before stacking them in the dishwasher.
  • Consider trading in your old dishwasher for a triple AAA rated dishwasher. Some rebates are available through recommended suppliers.
  • Use a sink strainer to prevent food scraps entering stormwater drains.
  • Prevent cooking oils entering drains by emptying it into metal container such as paint tins.
  • Re-use plastic drink bottles whenever possible.
  • Consider installing lever taps or motion sensor taps in your kitchen to prevent dripping and leaks.
  • A portable water heater which can be plugged in near the kitchen sink can reduce water and energy use.

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