During the holidays, water plays a role in everything from food preparation to the cleanup process. Here’s how you can save water (and money) during the holidays!
Defrosting Frozen Foods 🍗🧊🍖🧊🥩
Leaving the faucet on to defrost a frozen ham or turkey will waste a ton of water. Instead, let your frozen items defrost overnight in the fridge. This process can save 50-150 gallons per month! And saves on your water bill too!
Rinse Veggies and Fruits 🥬🍅🥕🧅🥦
Fill a large bowl or pan with water to rinse vegetables and fruits rather than running the tap. Again, this will save you money on your water bill!
Food Scraps 🍌🌱🥔🧄
Don’t use your garbage disposal to discard food waste after holiday meals. Toss scraps into the garbage can or, even better, start a compost bin! Not only will you save water, but the compost can later be used to fertilize your garden. This practice can also help prevent clogs and back ups in your sewer line!
If you have a dishwasher, use it. Washing full loads of dishes saves 5-15 gallons per load and uses significantly less water than washing by hand.
Inspect for Leaks 💧🚽🚿🛁💧
Inspect your bathroom fixtures for failures and leaks before your guests arrive. During the holidays, bathrooms are likely to experience heavier usage than normal which can lead to more issues. Fixing a leak as small as the tip of a ball point pen can save up to 110 gallons!