Home Water Conservation
With many parts of the country suffering from near-drought conditions, it’s time to think about how you as a homeowner can help conserve water (and save money in the bargain). What follows are a list of tips that show how.
1. Check your toilets for leaks – place a drop of food coloring in the tank. If the color shows up in the bowl (without you flushing), you have a leak. Plugging it up will save more water than you'd think.
2. To reduce the water required to flush, put a quart plastic bottle of water in the tank and save one quart per flush.
3. Or adjust the float valve to reduce the water needed.
4. Try not to use the toilet as a trash receptacle.
5. Replace your old toilet if it was manufactured before 1992. Newer toilets use only 1.6 gallons per flush.
6. If the toilet handle sticks, replace or adjust it.
7. The average shower time is 8 minutes. If you can cut that down, you'll save water.
8. Install a flow-control showerhead for more efficient showers.
9. Turn off shower water while you apply soap to body, or shampoo and shave.
10. Turn off water while you shave, lather your hands and brush your teeth.
11. Don’t use your clothes washing machine with less than a full load or use a lower water-level setting.
12. Save hand-washing jobs and do several items at one time. Example: wash a week’s supply of hosiery rather than daily.
13. Replace your clothes washer. Newer models can use up to 50 percent less water than older ones.
14. Check your clothes washer hoses for cracks that could result in leaks.
15. Use a pan of water when peeling and cleaning vegetables and fruits rather than letting the sink tap run.
16. Use the garbage disposal only once per dishwashing session.
17. Use appropriate sized pans for cooking. Large pans require more cooking water.
18. Don’t run the tap to get cold water. Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator for drinking.
19. Don’t thaw frozen foods with running tap water.
20. Use fewer utensils while cooking to cut down on the amount of dishwashing water you use.
21. Run the dishwasher only when it is completely full.
22. Water the lawn less frequently. Frequent watering encourages shallow roots.
23. Water between midnight and 6 a.m. to reduce evaporation losses, and water dry areas by hand.
24. Install an automatic sprinkler system, which is much more water efficient than hand watering.
25. Use rain barrels to naturally irrigate your lawn.
26. Don't water your driveway, sidewalks, house or neighbor’s lawn, and don't water when it’s windy out.
27. Use a drip system for gardens, which encourages strong root systems and cuts down on evaporation.
28. Plant drought-resistant plants and trees. Remove weeds promptly – they rob other plants of water.
29. Be lazy and mow less. Mowing makes your lawn need water more.
30. Don’t use the hose to clean driveways and decks. Use a broom.
31. When washing the car, get it wet then turn off the water while you soap the car down. Use the hose only for the final rinse.
32. Cover your swimming pool to reduce evaporation loss, and recycle your pool water.
33. Turn off all water if you are going to be away from home on a vacation or trip.
34. Mulch shrubs and garden plants to retain moisture in the soil longer.