While a majority of your water is used outside your home, the easiest ways to save are indoors. Read below for helpful water conservation tips for inside your home.
- By reducing the amount of time spent in the shower, even by just a few minutes, you can save hundreds of gallons every month. You can also install low-flow shower heads that use less water while still providing the same amount of water pressure.
- When running a bath, plug the drain before you turn the faucet on. The cold water in the tub will warm up quickly once hot water is added.
- Don’t use the toilet as a waste basket. Doing so not only wastes water, but can also damage the plumbing. This can lead to leaks and other problems that may be expensive to repair.
- Check toilets for leaks by using dye tabs or food coloring. In order to do this, remove the tank lid, and put the dye tabs or 10 drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait 15 minutes, and if any of the dye has made its way into the toilet bowl, your toilet has a leak. Consider replacing it with a low-flow model that uses 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF) or an ultra-low-flow model that uses 1.28 GPF. Older models, from the 1990s and prior, use 3.5 to 7 GPF.
- Be sure to turn your faucets off all the way when you’re done using them. This helps prevent water waste from dripping faucets. Another good idea is to install aerators on all of your faucets, which reduce the amount of water used while still providing plenty of pressure for all of your needs.
- When brushing your teeth or washing your face, be sure to turn the water off until you need it. When shaving, fill the sink part way to rinse your razor in, rather than using running water. To save even more water, consider doing all of these things while you’re in the shower.
- Always try to do the fullest load possible in your dishwasher. It uses the same amount of water whether it is full or nearly empty. High efficient models sometimes have load size settings, to help conserve even more water.
- When washing dishes by hand, fill a sink part way and add just enough soap to get the dishes clean. Less soap means the dishes can be rinsed more quickly. To rinse dishes, fill the other sink part way, rather than using running water.
- Plan ahead to defrost food. Rather than use running, water allow food to thaw in the refrigerator or by using the microwave. If you want to use water, fill a pan part way and place the food in it. Afterwards you can use the water for your house plants. The same can be done to rinse vegetables.
- When running the faucet to get hot water, place a pitcher under the faucet to collect the cold water. This can be put in the refrigerator for drinking, or can be used around the house for things such as watering plants, filling a pet’s water bowl, ice cube trays, etc.
- If you accidentally drop an ice cube, don’t throw it in the sink. Instead, put it in a house plant, or your pet’s water bowl.
- Always try to do the fullest load of laundry possible. If you are unable to, be sure to select the appropriate load size. Consider replacing your washing machine with a more efficient model that senses the load size, or has multiple efficiency settings.