The following tips are ways you can help save water in various parts of your home.
There are several ways you can start to conserve water in your bathroom.
- Switch to an ultra low-flow showerhead
- Take shorter showers
- Preferred under 5 minutes
- Check for leaks in your pipes
- Put food coloring in the tank and see if the bowl water changes colors. If it does, you have a leak.
- If taking a bath, plug the drain before filling the tub. Don't let the water run until it is warm.
- Turn off the water while you shave, brush your teeth, or lather up your hands while washing.
- Limit how often you flush the toilet.
- Shower instead of a bathe. Showers uses 12-25 gallons of water while a bath uses 50-70 gallons.
Follow these tips in the kitchen to save some water
- If doing dishes by hand, fill up one side of the sink with soapy water and the other side with clean water to rinse instead of letting the water run
- Have a water picture in the refrigerator instead of letting the tap water get cold.
- Only have one drinking glass each day. That limits how many dishes you have and will take longer to fill up your dishwasher.
- Thaw frozen foods in the microwave or refrigerator instead of letting hot water run over it.
- Let your dirty dishes soak instead of letting warm water run on them.
- Scrape garbage food into the garbage instead of using the disposal.
- Make sure the dishwasher is full when before starting it. Maximize loads.
Doing less loads of laundry will mean using less water. Follow these tips for laundry.
- Only do full loads of laundry.
- Think before washing.
- "Do I really need to wash this?"
- If it is not dirty, do not wash.
- Plan to use a "high-efficiency" washer. High-efficiency washers use about 50 percent less water.