Washing up

  • Don’t rinse dishes under a running tap. If you have two sinks, fill one with rinsing water. If you have only one sink, rinse dishes in a pan of hot water.
  • Use washing-up liquid sparingly as this will reduce the amount of rinsing required.
  • When boiling vegetables, use just enough water to cover them and keep the lid on the saucepan, or alternatively, use a steamer. This helps them to cook quicker, saves water and power and preserves precious vitamins in the food.
  • If you have a leaking tap, replace the washer or other components as required. Dripping taps can waste 30-200 litres of water per day#.


  • If you’re installing a new dishwasher, choose a water efficient model. Before you buy, check the appliance for a WELS label*. The more stars, the more water efficient it is.
  • Only turn on the dishwasher when it’s full.
  • Use short wash cycles when you can.

Food preparation

  • Part-fill the sink with water when preparing vegetables or washing fruit instead of running under the tap.
  • Don’t use running water to defrost food. Place the food in the refrigerator to defrost.
  • Catch running water in a bucket or container while waiting for the hot water to come through. Use it to water plants, rinse dishes or wash fruit and vegetables.
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*WELS label products