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Water Conservation Tips > Washing

  • The average family uses their washing machine five times a week, which means more than 6,000 gallons of water goes through the machine every year. Making sure that you always run full loads will help reduce water wastage and save energy too.
  • If you wash dishes by hand, wash dishes in order. Start with glasses, cutlery and crockery then follow with slightly soiled pans to very dirty pans. This way you should be able to do all your dishes with one sinkful of water.
  • Every few months, try running a cycle of your dishwasher or washer machine with nothing in it. This process will flush the system through and, as long as you don’t do it too frequently, the savings on energy and efficiency will cancel out the extra water use.
  • Aim to run dishwashers on full loads only and don’t pre-rinse your dishes before putting them in. Do both and you’ll save up to 20 gallons of water per dish load, or 7,300 gallons over a year! That’s as much water as the average person drinks in a lifetime.
  • Consider buying a new clothes washer. An ENERGY STAR clothes washer can save more water in one year than one person drinks in an entire lifetime!
  • Running your washing machine and dishwasher with cold water and when full will save you up to 100 gallons of water a month and a significant amount of energy.

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