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.