Water Saving Tips

Tips for reducing your water usage.

1. 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.

2. Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.

3. For cold drinks keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.

4. Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.

5. Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

6. Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.

7. When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your plants.

8. 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.

9. Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.

10. Don’t use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety.

11. File a work order to fix that leaky faucet. It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons a week.

12. When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.

13. Turn off faucets tightly.

14. Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.

15. Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.

16. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.

17. Encourage your school system and local government to develop and promote water conservation among children and adults.

18. If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.

19. When you save water, you save money on your utility bills too. Saving water is easy for everyone to do.

20. Wash your car on the lawn, and you’ll water your lawn at the same time.

21. Drop your tissue in the trash instead of flushing it and save water every time.

22. Make suggestions to your employer about ways to save water and money at work.

23. Share water conservation tips with friends and neighbors.

24. If your toilet was installed before 1992, reduce the amount of water used for each flush by inserting a displacement device in the tank. This is only applicable for students living off campus. All on campus toilets have been replaced with low-flow models.

25. Washing dark clothes in cold water saves both on water and energy while it helps your clothes to keep their colors.

26. Listen for dripping faucets and running toilets. Fixing a leak can save 300 gallons a month or more.

27. One more way to get eight glasses of water a day is to re-use the water left over from cooked or steamed foods to start a scrumptious and nutritious soup.

28. Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month.

29. Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a month.

30. To save water and time, consider washing your face or brushing your teeth while in the shower.

31. While staying in a hotel or even at home, consider reusing your towels.

32. When you are washing your hands, don’t let the water run while you lather.

33. Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up or runs. Use this water to flush toilets or water plants.

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