Let’s face it, green is the new black. You can’t go more than five minutes without hearing something about “going green,” conservation, environmentalism, or climate change. Thankfully, technology is making it easier for us to do these things. Cars emit less pollution, appliances use less electricity, production facilities are becoming more efficient, and green products are becoming less expensive. However, is still one area where everyone can lend a hand and that’s using less water. Water is Earth’s most precious resource and everyone needs to do their part to use less when possible. Cleaning is one area where there is a huge potential for using less water. The great thing is that it’s not nearly as difficult as you might think. Here is a list of a few ways to clean with less water, but still get great results.
With minimal effort, you can start using less water every single time you turn on your faucet. Did you know that the average kitchen faucet uses five gallons of water per minute? That’s the equivalent of five gallons of milk for every single minute that your faucet runs. Installing a low-flow faucet will reduce the water consumption to one and a half gallons per minute. There are many models available in a variety of styles to fit any kitchen.
Now here’s an oxymoron. Using less soap will actually allow you to use less water as well, but what about making sure that everything is clean? On average, most people use more soap than they need and as a result use more water to wash off the excess soap. The actual amount of soap will depend on the particular type that you use, but make sure to read the directions on the soap. It will tell you exactly how much to use. Most varieties of soap advise to use an amount the size of a dime or quarter at the most.
Letting the water run constantly when you’re washing dishes is one of the main ways water is wasted while cleaning. It is very easy to use less water in this regard. Try to make more of an effort to turn off the water while scrubbing dishes. The water only needs to run when actually rinsing dishes. If you have already installed a low-flow faucet and started using less soap, you shouldn’t need to use as much water in the first place and by turning on the water only when necessary, the amount of water that is wasted in your house will be very minimal and you will help contribute to global conversation.
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