How to conserve Water
Here are some water conservation tips:
- Cook Smart. Peel and clean vegetables in a bowl of water instead of under running water.
- Slow the Flow. Install a slow-flow faucet to reduce water consumption up to 50 percent.
- Shorten Showers. It takes about 70 gallons of water to fill a bathtub, so showers are generally the more water-efficient way to bathe.Take short showers instead of baths, and consider using a shower timer. To make it fun for kids, turn it into a game to see who can get the most “sqeaky clean” in under three minutes!
- Test Your Tank. Add 12 drops of food coloring to your toilet tank and wait an hour. Look to see if any color seeped through the tank, a fitting or into the toilet bowl. If so, you may have a leak. All of those flushes can add up to nearly 20 gallons a day down the toilet. If you still have a standard toilet, which uses close to 3.5 gallons a flush, you can save by retrofitting or filling your tank with something that will displace some of that water, such as a brick.
- Let It Grow. Raise your lawnmower blade to at least three inches; taller grass holds soil moisture better.
- Sweep Up. Clean the driveway and sidewalk with a broom instead of a hose to save hundreds of gallons of water.
- Speak Up. When you see an open hydrant, errant sprinkler or broken pipe, tell the property owner, local authorities or your Water Management District.
- Look for Leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is used. If it doesn’t read exactly the same, you have a leak.
- Tap Out. Instead of letting the tap run until water gets cold, keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator, and use it to refill certified reusable water bottles instead of opting for single-use plastic ones.
- Tap In. Place a bucket in your shower to capture the water that runs while you’re waiting for it to get hot. Use the water to water plants.
- Watch for WaterSense. When you shop for plumbing fixtures, look for the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense label, which means they meet strict criteria for efficiency and performance.3 Click here to learn more.
- Go to the carwash. Water in most car washes is reclaimed (re-used) so the total amount of freshwater used is reduced.
Here are some more tips, on conserving water in your household. Just think, if you used some of these tips, your water bill would be lower. And in this economy, saving money any way you can is beneficial.
- If you use a low-flow showerhead, you can save 15 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower.
- Every time you shave minutes off your use of hot water, you also save energy and keep dollars in your pocket.
- Most front-loading machines are energy- and water-efficient, using just over 20 gallons a load, while most top-loading machines, unless they are energy-efficient, use 40 gallons per load.
- Nearly 22% of indoor home water use comes from doing laundry. Save water by making sure to adjust the settings on your machine to the proper load size.
- Dishwashing is a relatively small part of your water footprint—less than 2% of indoor use—but there are always ways to conserve. Using a machine is actually more water efficient than hand washing, especially if you run full loads.
- Energy Star dishwashers use about 4 gallons of water per load, and even standard machines use only about 6 gallons. Hand washing generally uses about 20 gallons of water each time.