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Water Saving Tips
- Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month.
- Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at a rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year. This adds to the cost of water and sewer utilities, or can strain your septic system.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month
- Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a month.
- When you give your pet fresh water, don't throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your plants.
- Verify that your home is leak free. Many homes have hidden water leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
- Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the toilet
bowl within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive,
readily available and easily installed. (Flush as soon as test is done, since food coloring may stain tank.)
- In the shower, turn water on to get wet; turn off to lather up; then turn back on to rinse off.
- Store drinking water in the refrigerator. Don't let the tap run while you are waiting for cool water to flow.
- Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or use the
defrost setting on your microwave.
- When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water. Quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream
from the faucet.
- Don't let water run while shaving or washing your face.
- If you have a well at home, check your pump periodically. Listen to hear if the pump kicks on and off while water
is not being used. If it does, you have a leak.
- Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other similar waste in the trash rather than
- Water lawns during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest. This reduces
losses from evaporation.
- Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended. A garden hose can pour out 600 gallons or more in only a few hours.
- Use a shut-off nozzle on your hose which can be adjusted down to a fine spray so that water flows only as needed.
- If you have a swimming pool, consider a new water-saving pool filter. A single back flushing with a traditional
filter uses 180 to 250 gallons of water.
- Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, and then reuse it to water houseplants.
- Spreading a layer of mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water.
- If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
- When buying new appliances, consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments. They're more water
and energy efficient.
- Upgrade older toilets with water efficient models.
- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is
- Use sprinklers for large areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid waste.
- When running a bath, plug the tub before turning the water on, and then adjust the temperature as the tub
- Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number
of glasses to wash.
- Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. This could save water and prevent damage to your home.
- Trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation than those spraying water into the air.
- Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.
- Set a kitchen timer when watering your lawn or garden to remind you when to stop.
- Put a water-saving aerator on all of your faucets.
- When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it the most.
- Consult with your local nursery for information on plant selection and placement for optimum outdoor water savings.
- Insulate hot water pipes for more immediate hot water at the faucet and for energy savings.
- Direct water from rain gutters and HVAC systems toward water-loving plants in the landscape for automatic water
- If your toilet was installed before 1992, reduce the amount of water used for each flush by inserting a displacement
device in the tank.
- Washing dark clothes in cold water saves both on water and energy.
- Aerate your lawn at least once a year so water can reach the roots rather than run off the surface.
- If you accidentally drop ice cubes when filling your glass from the freezer, don't throw them in the sink. Drop
them in a house plant instead.