Saving water

Here are some great tips on easy ways that you can save water around your house.

In the bathroom:

toothbrush by AjDele Photography 300x285 Saving waterUse less bathwater.

Filling the tub uses about 50 gallons of water. Try bathing in just 10 gallons.

Use the bathwater to clean the tub.

When you’ve finished bathing, you can re-use the bath water to clean the tub.

Brush teeth efficiently.

Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth. Turn the faucet on briefly to rinse.

Take shorter showers.

To be a water saver, install a low-flow showerhead and keep showers under five minutes. Turn off the water to soap up.

Test your toilet.

Leaks waste water. Add several drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If it’s leaking, the coloring will appear in the toilet without flushing.

Only flush when necessary.

Avoid using the toilet for a wastebasket. Every flush you eliminate can save between two and seven gallons of water. Install a water-efficient toilet.

Help your toilet use less water.

If you don’t have a low-flow toilet, use plastic bottles filled with water and pebbles to displace water in the tank. Don’t obstruct the toilet’s inner workings. Don’t use bricks.

Check faucets for leaks.

Twice a year, check all faucets inside and outside for leaks. Replace worn-out fixtures, washers, O-rings, and hose connections. Turn faucets off firmly.

 

In the kitchen:

kitchen by spike55151 300x225 Saving waterPrepare food efficiently.

Speed clean food by using a vegetable brush. Spray water in short bursts.

Reduce dishwashing.

Use a rubber spatula to scrape dishes clean to limit pre-rinse. Let really dirty pans or dishes soak to speed up washing.

Use fewer dishes.

Limit dishwasher use to full loads. Minimize detergent use. When you make food, try to use less dishes in the process.

Limit garbage disposal use.

Avoid using garbage disposals. Compost or feed leftovers to pets when possible. Use recycled water in disposal.

Use hot water efficiently.

Letting water run from the faucet until it heats up is a waste. Instead of sending it down the drain, capture clean water for other uses (like to water pets or plants).

Conserve when cleaning.

For heavy cleaning, use water you’ve saved from other household uses and then a clean rinse. Limit soaps and cleaning agents.

 

In the laundry room:

laundry by marzbars 300x199 Saving waterWash clothes wisely.

Match washer’s load selector to your load size. Try to wash only full loads. Minimize detergent use. Save energy by using cold water to wash.

Save water and energy.

Buying a new washing machine? Choose wisely. Find the one that conserves water and energy and has a suds-saver attachment.

Use low-suds detergent.

Washing clothes by hand can be easier and save water if you use only a small amount of low-suds detergent and presoak really dirty items.

 

In the yard:

yard by camknows 300x168 Saving waterWash cars efficiently.

Use a shut-off nozzle and wash your car in small sections. Direct the runoff water to water your yard.

Water yards wisely.

Landscaping benefits most from slow, thorough, infrequent watering. Minimize evaporation by watering in early morning or evening.

Plant the right lawn.

Plant hardy, water saving plants, trees, and shrubs, particularly native species. Mow less frequently in dry times. Limit lawn by using gravel or bark.

Cover pool or spa.

Cover pools and spas to reduce evaporation. Avoid overflows and splashes by reducing water levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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