Preparing for and cleaning up after a holiday meal can use much more water than an everyday meal. Running the tap while preparing food or washing dishes can use more than 2 gallons of water every minute. If you own a dishwasher, scrape or wipe dirty dishes down with a sponge rather than pre-rinsing them before placing them in the dishwasher. If you don’t have a dishwasher, fill the sink with a few gallons of wash water and rinse them all together. Either of these simple practices could save 10 gallons. If every household reduced 10 gallons for just one day this holiday season, it would save more than 1 billion gallons of water—enough for 1 million households with dishwashers to wash their dishes for a year.
Looking for a small gift for the fixer-upper in your family? Try a little WaterSense labeled faucet aerator and you’ll give the gift of big savings. Installing WaterSense labeled faucet aerators in a home’s bathrooms could reduce the household’s water use by nearly 600 gallons and 70 kilowatt-hours of electricity used for heating the water annually. That’s enough water to do 14 loads of laundry and enough electricity to power a hair dryer for 8 minutes a day for a whole year