BONUS: You'll save tons of money by saying no to bottled water and save trips to the grocery store to get it.
7. Mind your appliances. Look for the Energy Star label when buying new appliances, which means that the appliance has met the quality and energy-efficiency guidelines of both the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. And make sure you use your appliances correctly. Monitor the temperature in your fridge (it shouldn't be so cold that it freezes your milk), only run your dishwasher if it’s completely full (otherwise you’ll waste water and energy), and try to multitask your oven (if you’re firing it up to cook the dinner casserole, throw in a few potatoes too, and you’ll have lunch for tomorrow).
BONUS: Boosting the energy-efficiency of your appliances also keeps money in your wallet by reducing your utility usage.
8. Don’t pre-rinse. If you have a newer model dishwasher equipped with a built-in garbage disposal unit, rinsing your dishes is probably an unnecessary, and wasteful, step. Read the instructions and experiment with a few loads to see how much your machine can handle.
BONUS: Skipping the pre-rinse not only saves water, but it also saves you time and energy!
Here's to a greener kitchen and a healthier planet!