Water Saving Tips
Save money! Reduce Your Municipal Water Bill
- Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- Washing dark clothes in cold water saves both on water and energy while it helps your clothes to keep their colors.
- When shopping for a new clothes washer, compare resource savings among Energy Star models. Some of these can save up to 20 gallons per load, and energy too.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.
- When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
- If you accidentally drop ice cubes when filling your glass from the freezer, don't throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
- Use a water-efficient showerhead. They're inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.
- Before you lather up, trade up your current shower head to a water-efficient shower head which can reduce water consumption by up to 40%. Water-conserving shower heads are inexpensive, easy to install, and can save a family of four up to 17,000 gallons of water a year.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month.
- When running a bath, plug the tub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
- Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a month.
- To save water and time, consider washing your face or brushing your teeth while in the shower.
- Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- If your toilet was installed before 1992, reduce the amount of water used for each flush by inserting a displacement device in the tank.
- Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It's simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons a week.
- Listen for dripping faucets and running toilets. Fixing a leak can save 300 gallons a month or more.
In the Yard
- Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn (4” recommended) shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
- Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so your system won't run when it's raining.
- Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs and ground covers appropriate to your site and region (native plants are best).)
- Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.
- Trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation than those spraying water into the air.
- Set a kitchen timer when watering your lawn or garden to remind you when to stop. A running hose can discharge up to 10 gallons a minute.
- Next time you add or replace a flower or shrub, choose a low water use plant for year-round landscape color and save up to 550 gallons each year.
- Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water while you wash your car. You'll save up to 100 gallons every time.
- When you give your pet fresh water, don't throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.
- While staying in a hotel or even at home, consider reusing your towels.
- Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
- Support projects that use reclaimed wastewater for irrigation and industrial uses.