Want to pay less for water and reduce your ecological impact at the same time? Reducing water use in the kitchen is one path to pay less and increase your sustainability.
The kitchen is the heart of the sustainable living trend, where simple choices make it possible to have a beautiful, eco-friendly lifestyle without major changes to your routine.
Trends Toward a Modern Sustainable Style
Our homes are where we want to feel most comfortable and at ease. A current trend in kitchen design is a clean-cut, simple look. Chrome, stainless steel, and matte black touches give the kitchen a modern, elegant look. Modern kitchen appliances are luxurious and high-quality without fussy details, focused on smooth lines and durable materials.
The goal for your kitchen is to be clean, orderly, and beautiful without becoming cluttered or wasteful. In the same way that the modern kitchen look is simple and never excessive, the current trend is toward faucets and sinks that allow you to avoid water waste, using just enough of this life-giving resource.
Your kitchen uses a large part of the water in your home, so make a change in your water right where it matters most. In the kitchen, you can create healthy habits of treating natural resources with respect. Working to reduce water use will make your whole family more aware of their environmental impacts. You'll feel satisfied when you know that your pristine, contemporary kitchen is also good for the planet you call home.
9 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Kitchen
Make Use of a Multi-Level Faucet Spray
Modern faucet systems include options for higher-intensity spray. When you have hard-to-clean pots and pans, a scrub brush and a high-pressure jet of water can be exactly what you need. Faucets like the Artec Pro™ offer a pre-rinse sprayer to clean your toughest messes faster. When it isn't needed, you can use a gentler flow with these more precise faucet options.
Use Double Basins for Washing and Rinsing
Washing dishes by hand can use a lot of water. Instead of letting the water run, stop up one side of your double-basin sink and fill with rinse water. You can then stop up the other side full of hot, sudsy water. You'll use only two basins worth of water, rather than running hot water between dishes. If you have many dishes to clean, simply release the stopper and then refill the rinse water for the second round of dishes.
Compost Scraps Rather Than Using The Garbage Disposal
Keep an attractive countertop compost bin for kitchen scraps. This allows you to avoid running water and processing scraps through a garbage disposal. Garbage disposals require energy, can become clogged with many scraps, and require you to run water to move the scraps through. Composting scraps is a wonderful way to take good care of your kitchen equipment and to live sustainably.
Choose a Sink With Easy-Clean Steel and an Eco-Friendly Drainage System
Standing water is a frustrating reality in some sinks when they are full of dishes. The Dex™ line of sinks comes equipped with DrainAssure™, a cleverly-engineered design that ensures all standing water finds its way to the drain.
Because these sinks are made with our special T304Plus stainless steel, they are highly durable and easier to clean. They also have antibacterial properties and many of these sinks have a larger capacity. Larger sinks may accommodate your cookware with greater ease, saving you cleaning time.
Run Full Loads of Dishes, Not Partial Ones
No one likes to see dirty dishes piled up in their beautiful modern sink, but that doesn't mean you have to run partial loads of dishes. Dishwashers save water if you run a full load, but the benefits are reduced for every empty space you leave in a load of dishes. Fill your dishwasher when you want, but don't run the load until it is full to efficiently wash each dish.
Use Your Workstation to Give Water a Second Life
A beautiful workstation, equipped with stainless steel bowls, is an excellent addition to the kitchen sink space and can give you easy ways to reuse water. For instance, after boiling potatoes, save the leftover water. You can pour it into one of the workstation bowls to cool. This water can be useful for soups or as the water in a bread recipe. These bowls can also be a place to store kitchen scraps if your compost jar is full. When you finish cooking, you can take both bowl and jar and empty them into a composting bin outdoors.
Keep a Cold Water Pitcher in the Refrigerator
Rather than running water until it is cool and refreshing from the tap, fill your most elegant pitcher with tap water and place it in the refrigerator. Your water will be cold every time without wasting any additional water. You may find that refilling the pitcher reminds you to stay hydrated as well, which offers many health benefits.
Use Less Water With a Low-Flow Faucet
Low flow faucets are one of the best ways to save water. These faucets have a lower flow rate of gallons per minute (gpm), so you still get the cleaning power of water without using as much of it per minute. This method of saving water is entirely unconscious once you select a faucet with an eco-friendly low-flow designation that still delivers the pressure you need for cleaning.
Use a High-Quality Faucet System Without Leaks
Leaks from faucets are a major source of water waste in the kitchen. Replace an older, leak-prone system with a high-quality, warranty-covered kitchen faucet. A new faucet engineered with water saving in mind will give you confidence that your kitchen will remain leak-free. Routine maintenance and checks on your kitchen faucet will also ensure that you catch micro-leaks. This will help you avoid water damage and water waste down the road.
The transition to using just enough water, rather than too much water, can take some time at first. However, the benefits are well worth the effort and attention to detail.
High-quality sinks, faucets, and workstations are the tools that help you achieve your water-use goals. It's important to aim for easy-to-clean surfaces of your kitchen, including the interior of your sink, to save water when cleaning up. Let Kräus be your partner in creating your ideal sustainable kitchen. To learn more about how modern kitchen designs can save water in your kitchen, contact us today.