Holiday Season Conservation Tips
While you celebrate with family and friends this holiday season, remember that this is our dry season. Try to use as little water as possible while you prepare to celebrate the holidays.
The Miami-Dade Water-Use Efficiency Program offers the following tips for water conservation during the holiday season:
- Defrost frozen items in the refrigerator or microwave, not under running water.
- Wash vegetables and fruits in a bowl, using a vegetable brush, rather than letting the water run.
- Substitute chicken broth for water in your mashed potato, rice and stuffing recipes. It'll taste better!
- Learn how to can the grease.
- Consider using festive disposal plates and utensils. You'll have fewer dishes to wash, and clean up will be easier and faster.
- When washing dishes, keep soap use to a minimum to reduce the amount of rinse water needed.
- Do not run the kitchen faucet continuously while washing dishes. Instead, plug the drain and fill the sink with soapy water or use a plastic wash basin.
- Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
- Save yourself some elbow grease by only scraping the food scraps off the plate and letting the dishwasher do the rest. Don't scrub them clean first. And avoid using the "rinse hold" on your machine for just a few soiled dishes. It uses 3-7 gallons of hot water each time.
- Run only full loads in automatic dishwashers.
- According to Energy Star, dishwashers built before 1994 can use as much as 10 gallons of water per cycle. Even if you have a newer model, make sure it's fully loaded each time you run it. This reduces the number of loads.
- If out-of-town guests need to do laundry, mix your clothes with theirs so you have a full load of laundry.
- Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water and an inexpensive gift. Consider signing up for a rain barrel workshop to make your own.
- Give the gift of a Florida-friendly plant. For your outside landscaping, avoid planting some new ornamental plants. Although they look beautiful, they require a large amount of water to maintain.
- Use mulch to retain moisture in your soil. Mulch also helps control weeds that compete with your plants for water.
- When washing your car, place it on a grassy area. That way you can also water some of your grass at the same time. Remember to use a handheld hose with a shut-off nozzle.
- As we enter the dry season, don't forget that we continue to be under water restrictions.
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