In the Kitchen
- Refrigerate a bottle of water instead of letting the water run until it is cold enough to drink.
- Consider composting or discarding food scraps into the trash instead of running the disposal.
- Install a low-flow aerator on all faucets.
- Do not pre-wash your dishes before loading the dishwasher.
- Only run the dishwasher when it is full.
- Do not let the water run while washing your dishes by hand.
In the Bathroom
- Install a low-flow shower head.
- Replace your toilet with a low consumption (1.6 gallon per flush) toilet.
- Take showers instead of baths and bathe small children together.
- Do not let the water run while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Take shorter showers. Start by cutting a minute of your shower time.
- Do not use the toilet as a trash can.
In the Laundry Room
- Wash only full loads and with the correct load selector.
- If purchasing a new washing machine, consider a machine that saves on water as well as energy.
- If possible, set the washer to 1 rinse cycle instead of 2 .
Outside of the Home
- Wash your car with a bucket.
- Use a spray nozzle when using a hose so water does not flow constantly.
- Make sure hose connections are tight and not leaking.
- Sweep driveways and sidewalks with a broom instead of hosing them down.
- Water your lawn and plants during the cooler part of the day.
- Use mulch around shrubs and plants to hold in moisture and cut down on weed growth.
- Make sure sprinklers are properly aimed and are not spraying in the street.
- Choose plants that require little watering such as perennials. Annuals require daily watering.
- Reusing water inside the home such as bath water or dish water can be used to water plants. Even water from the dehumidifier can be used for the same purpose.
- Cover swimming pools to prevent evaporation.
- Re-route downspouts to either collect water for watering plants or filling the pool.
- Make sure all water is turned off (i.e., humidifier on furnace, dishwasher, washer, etc.).
- Look at the water meter head (looks like an old car speedometer) there will be a little red circle with a black line or triangle. If this is moving this indicates a leak.
- You can also monitor the meter. Keep a notepad beside the meter and log daily/weekly consumption. Check the meter at night after daily water use and again in the morning before any water is used. If there is any change in the number on the meter, a leak is probable.
- Check all toilets for leaks by placing a few drops of food coloring in the tank. We suggest letting it sit overnight or at least 2 hours without flushing. If the food coloring disappears or shows up in the bowel, the toilet is leaking.
- Check for any leaking faucets or pipes.
Facts about Leaks
- A slow dripping faucet can waste about 15 gallons of water per day.
- Estimated Faucet Leakage Rates:
- 60 drops per minute = 192 gallons per month
- 90 drops per minute = 310 gallons per month
- 120 drops per minute = 429 gallons per month
- A toilet has to leak 200 gallons a day before you can hear it leaking.
- Approximately 1 in every 20 swimming pools has a leak. Minor pool leaks can lose approximately 970 gallons of water in one 24 hour period from a pinhole size leak.
- A garden hose can use 10 gallons of water per minute if left running.
- More than 10% of all water used in the home is used by the washing machine.