- Use a water displacement device in the toilet tank. Most toilets will work just as well if they use less water. Simply fill a plastic bottle with water and place it in your toilet tank.
- Install conservation devices such as aerators or low-flow showerheads. Low-flow showerheads use only 2.5 gallons per minute.
- Take a 5- to 10-minute shower using a low flow showerhead. By doing this, you use only 10 to 25 gallons of water, while a full head uses about 70 gallons.
- If you take a bath, use the minimum amount of water by closing the drain first and adjusting the temperature as you fill the tub.
- Avoid running the faucet while shaving and brushing your teeth. You can save as much as 8 gallons by not letting the water run... This is super important for kids!
- Remodeling an old bathroom, consider installing a high-efficiency toilet (HET). HETs use less than 1.3 gallons of water per flush.
- Only run your automatic dishwasher when it is fully loaded. A dishwasher uses about 12 gallons per run.
- Don’t rinse dishes in the sink before you put them in the dishwasher. Scrape them clean and let the machine do the rest.
- Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running water to cool it... Be sure to Drink Water too!
- Thaw frozen food in your refrigerator or microwave, not under running water.
- Don’t let the faucet run when you scrub vegetables or prepare other foods. Use a dishpan or put a stopper in the sink. You could even take it a bit further... when you’re finished, use the water for watering plants.
- Use your garbage disposal sparingly. Use a garbage can or compost pile instead. (This saves electricity too)
- Use the washing machine only when you have a full load or match the water level to load size.
- Wash in cold water to save energy.
- Always use the minimum amount of detergent, and eliminate the extra rinse cycle.
- For hand washing clothes, put a stopper in the sink for both wash and rinse. Don’t let the faucet run.
- When buying new appliances, consider buying a high-efficiency washing machine. Many new front-loading washers use less water and are energy efficient as well. Look for the EnergyStar label.
- Don’t over-water. Water only when the grass or plants show signs of needing it.
- Avoid watering on windy days, when most of the water will go where you don’t want it.
- Water in the cool of the day, preferably early in the morning, to reduce excess evaporation.
- Let water sink in slowly. Letting water sink in will avoid water runoff and help plants develop deeper roots so you won’t need to water as often.
- Plant drought-resistant plants. Many local garden centers carry native and drought-resistant plants.
- Mulch plants. You can use leaves, lawn clippings or even strips of plastic. This keeps the weeds out too!
- Form ditches or basins around plants so that water stays where you want it.
- Don’t water the sidewalk and driveway! Set sprinklers carefully. And use a broom to clean the driveway or sidewalk instead of water.
- Teach your children to conserve water. It’s easier to start good habits than to break wasteful habits later.
- Consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water. Taking your car to a professional will significantly reduce your impact. A professional car wash not only uses about three-times less water for an average-sized car, but they also probably have a better capacity to dispose of the harmful runoff.
- But if you like washing your car, Use a bucket of soapy water to wash your car. Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle, but only for rinsing.
- Use a cover on your pool to slow evaporation.
- Don’t overfill your pool. The extra water will just get splashed out!
- Recycle wading pool water for plants, shrubs and lawns.
- Collect water in a rain barrel and use it to water your garden.
Keep in mind, your garden hose can pour out 600 gallons or more in only a few hours, thousands of gallons can be lost in a very short time. These are just a few tips to help conserve water, a water-friendly environment is a healthy environment. Check with your water and sewer provider for more ways to conserve water, and read your bill, a lot of companies give suggestions on specific ways for your home to save water.
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