It’s easy to conserve water, save money, and protect the environment at the same time.
In the Bathroom
- Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth.
- Take shorter showers! Showers generally use less water than baths. (A 10 min shower uses approx. 25 gallons of water, while a full bathtub takes approx. 80 gallons to fill. )
In the Kitchen
- Stopper the sink or use a wash basin if washing dishes by hand, or when rinsing fruits and vegetables.
- Use leftover water from rinsing fruits and vegetables, or from half-empty glasses (or bottles) of water, to give your houseplants a drink.
- Make sure that the dishwasher is fully loaded before running it.
- Scrape food from your plate instead of rinsing it, before loading into the dishwasher.
- Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
- Thaw food in the refrigerator, rather than using a running tap of hot water.
- Add food wastes to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal.
In the Laundry Room
- Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
- Upgrade to a water-efficient clothes washer, which typically uses half the amount of water of “traditional” top-loading washers. (Older washers use approx. 40 gallons of water for a full load, compared to approx. 17 gallons for a newer model.)
- Always obey town water restrictions. Don’t irrigate lawns, play in sprinklers, or wash cars when water is in short supply.
- Landscape with native, drought tolerant plants. You’ll save water, money, and time!
- Use pistol-grip nozzles on all hoses and always turn off the faucet tightly to prevent leakage.
- Sweep driveways, sidewalks, and steps rather than hosing off.
- Wash the car with water from a rain barrel or bucket, or use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
- If you have a pool, use a cover to reduce evaporation when the pool is not being used.
- When it comes to lawn irrigation:
- Pay attention to weather reports. One inch of rain a week is enough to keep a lawn green.
- If you are irrigating your lawn, do it in the early morning or late afternoon to prevent evaporation.
- Avoid watering on windy days. Water evaporates more quickly when it’s windy.
- Don’t irrigate sidewalks or driveways. Adjust the spray of your irrigation nozzles to make sure that water is being distributed on your lawn.