Household Water Conservation Tips
Household Water Conservation TipsOctober 11 / 2015
Are you looking for ways to conserve water? Residents can save money on their water bills by making small adjustments to their daily habits. Let’s take a moment to explore a few household water conservation ideas to begin making a difference today.
KitchenThe kitchen is the hub of activity and also a major source of water waste. Small changes can make a huge difference.
- Use smaller pots when boiling water
- Thaw food in the refrigerator instead of running it under cold water
- Install aerators on faucets to reduce the amount of water used when washing dishes, filling a pot, or even getting a drink of water
- Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water instead of running water over them
Laundry RoomPurchasing a high-efficiency washer can save as much as 16 gallons of water per load. However, if a new appliance purchase isn’t in your budget, there are still ways you can save money and conserve water in the laundry room.
- Wash large loads of laundry
- Use cold water to save water and energy (cold water also helps retain color)
- Soak clothes in a small amount of water to remove stains instead of running them under water
BathroomWater usage in bathrooms can get out of control quite quickly. It is hands down the costliest room in a home. With a little bit of conscious effort, you can control the amount of water you use when taking a shower or brushing your teeth.
- Running the water while shaving can waste as much as 300 gallons of water every year; fill the sink or a small bowl with water and use this to rinse your razor when shaving.
- Turn the water off when lathering your hands or brushing your teeth. Only turn the water on when you need to rinse.
- Install high-efficiency toilets and frequently check for toilet tanks leaks.
- Don’t use the toilet as a waste basket to avoid clogs.
- Turn off the shower while washing your hair.
- Install low-flow showerheads.
OutdoorsIdeally, rainwater would be used to water lawns, gardens, and flowerbeds. Unfortunately, with the drought conditions this isn’t always possible. If you must water your lawn, keep these tips in mind.
- Water early in the morning or in the evening when temperatures are cooler, and less water is absorbed.
- Use drip irrigation to water trees and bushes, taking care to turn the system off when not in use.
- Plant drought-resistant plants, trees, and other vegetation.