Follow our simple tips on home water conservation for your home
Simple tips on home water conservation for your home
- Install low-flow shower heads. Low-flow shower heads can cut your bathing water usage in half.
- Check for faucet leaks, running toilets, and outdoor hose leaks. One running toilet alone can waste potentially thousands of gallons of water every month! Need assistance with your leaky faucet or pipe? Insulate pipes. Protecting your pipes from the cold means you spend less time, water, and energy heating your water.
- Make sure your sprinklers water the grass – not the street. A no-brainer!
- Only run your washing machine or dish washer when it’s full. More empty space in your washing machine or dish washer means more loads to run and more water and energy to waste.
- Replace existing toilets with low-flow models. Low-flow toilets use around 1.6 gallons of water per flush versus 6 or 7 gallons with older models.
- Take shorter showers and fewer baths. Cutting your showering time by even 2-3 minutes every day can save thousands of gallons of water every year.
- Install a rain barrel. Rain barrels collect water that can be re-used to feed house plants, water the lawn, or wash the car.
- Defrost frozen food in the fridge rather than under a running tap. Before leaving the house for work in the morning, simply move the food you need defrosted to the fridge to avoid wasting water thawing it later.
- Turn off the water while brushing teeth and shaving. Another no-brainer . only turn on the tap when you need to rinse your brush or razor.
- Install an instant hot water dispenser on your kitchen sink. Instant hot water heaters help you avoid running the tap for long periods of time just to heat your water.
- Use a hose nozzle to water plants, clean windows, or wash your car. This way, the water isn’t constantly running while you’re using the hose.
- Wash laundry in cold water when possible. The “cold” setting on your washing machine can help you save both water and the energy used to heat the water.
- Upgrade to Energy Star washing machines and dish washers. Energy Star appliances use less energy than older models.
- Start composting to reduce use of your garbage disposal. Garbage disposals require a significant amount of water to run, so recycling old produce by composting outdoors saves money and helps the environment, too!