How to Save

Ways to Save Inside the House


  • Turn the faucet off while you brush your teeth, wash your face or shave.
  • Reduce the amount of time you spend in the shower.
  • Don’t run water before closing the drain and filling up the bathtub.
  • Low-flow toilets have been on the market since 1992. If your toilet is older, you are probably wasting water with every flush and you should consider having your toilet replaced.
  • Check your toilets regularly for leaks or plumbing problems.
  • Don’t use your toilet as a wastebasket. Extra flushes waste water.


  • Clean vegetables using water in a pan and a vegetable brush instead of running them under water.
  • Wait until you have a full load of dishes to run the dishwasher. If you cannot wait for a full load to accumulate, set the water level to match the size of the load.
  • Don’t let the tap run while waiting for water to cool. Fill a pitcher with drinking water from the tap and store it in the refrigerator.
  • If you boil vegetables when cooking, save the water. Use it to make nutritious soups and sauces.


  • Use a sponge mop when doing household cleaning. It uses less water than a string mop. It also takes less water to keep a sponge mop clean.
  • Pre-soak grills, oven racks, etc. overnight. Wash them with an abrasive scrub brush or pad. Use lots of “elbow grease” to minimize water use.
  • Insulate hot water pipes to avoid wasting water while it heats.