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In Your Kitchen

Below are some conservation tips for one of the busiest rooms in the house.

At the Sink

  • Conserve water when you hand-wash dishes by partially filling the sink with soapy water and quickly rinsing dishes with a spray device or in a pan of warm water.
  • Clean your vegetables in a partially-filled sink rather than under a continuously running tap.
  • Steaming vegetables uses less water than boiling and conserves more of your vegetables' nutrients.
  • Keep drinking water in the fridge rather than running tap water to get it cold.
  • Install an aerator attachment on your taps to use up to 25% less water.

Tin It, Then Bin It

  • Don't dispose of solvents, chemicals, cleaners or cooking fat by pouring them down your drain; they can harm both the environment and your drainage system. Learn more about protecting your pipes.

Drip, Drop, Stop

  • Regularly check your faucets, pipes, taps and hoses for leaks and drips. Your local hardware store can help you fix most minor household plumbing issues.
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Dishwasher

  • Water-efficient dishwashers use less water and less energy to heat the water than standard models.
  • Use full loads to save water and energy.
  • Use the shortest wash cycle for your load size.

In Your Kitchen

Below are some conservation tips for one of the busiest rooms in the house.

At the Sink

  • Conserve water when you hand-wash dishes by partially filling the sink with soapy water and quickly rinsing dishes with a spray device or in a pan of warm water.
  • Clean your vegetables in a partially-filled sink rather than under a continuously running tap.
  • Steaming vegetables uses less water than boiling and conserves more of your vegetables' nutrients.
  • Keep drinking water in the fridge rather than running tap water to get it cold.
  • Install an aerator attachment on your taps to use up to 25% less water.

Tin It, Then Bin It

  • Don't dispose of solvents, chemicals, cleaners or cooking fat by pouring them down your drain; they can harm both the environment and your drainage system. Learn more about protecting your pipes.

Drip, Drop, Stop

  • Regularly check your faucets, pipes, taps and hoses for leaks and drips. Your local hardware store can help you fix most minor household plumbing issues.
  •      

Dishwasher

  • Water-efficient dishwashers use less water and less energy to heat the water than standard models.
  • Use full loads to save water and energy.
  • Use the shortest wash cycle for your load size.
  • Use the no-heat drying cycle.
  • Set your water temperature to no higher than 50°C (120°F).

Electric Range

  • Use high-quality, flat-bottomed pots and pans that match the size of the burner to avoid heat loss. Up to 40% of the heat is wasted if the pot base is smaller than the cooking element.
  • Check your oven's temperature with an oven thermometer to ensure the heating controls are accurate.
  • Make sure your oven door seals tightly.
  • Use the self-cleaning function immediately after cooking while your oven is still hot.
  • Keep your oven door closed while cooking so the temperature remains consistent. Every time you open the oven door, the temperature can drop by as much as 24°C/75°F.
  • Plan meals so as to make full use of the oven space.
  • Use a high heat setting to boil liquids on the stove, then reduce heat to maintain a consistent low boil.
  • Only pre-heat your oven for delicate baked goods and pastries. Most ovens will heat to 180°C/350°F in about 10 minutes.
  • Use glass baking dishes for better heat transfer.
  • Turn off your oven 15 minutes before cooking is done to allow the cooking to continue using residual heat.
  • Do not use your oven to heat your kitchen.
  • Use small appliances (like a microwave oven) when cooking or reheating small quantities of food. You'll use up to 50% less energy compared to a conventional oven.

Refrigerator

  • When designing your kitchen, place the fridge away from direct sunlight, heating vents and heat-generating appliances like dishwashers or ranges. Allow enough space for continual airflow around the appliance.
  • Extreme heat or cold make your fridge work harder, using more electricity and reducing its lifespan.
  • Make sure the interior of your fridge isn't overcrowded and has plenty of space for air to circulate.
  • The ideal temperatures for food safety and energy efficiency are: 3°C/38°F for the fridge, and -18°C/0°F for the freezer.
  • Make use of automatic ice makers and water dispensers.
  • Ensure your fridge and freezer doors are tightly sealed. Clean the seal if there's any residue.
  • Avoid opening your fridge or freezer door for long periods of time.