From the kitchen, to the bathroom and the laundry room, changing your habits can save money on your water bill and help conserve a vital resource. Water consumption can be reduced easily at little or no cost. Water conservation not only saves you money by using less water, but it saves energy too, energy needed to heat water and run appliances.
Pipes and Hardware
- Check for leaks
- Insulate your water pipes. You’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up
- Consider installing an “instant” water heater on sinks that are located from main waterheaters so the water doesn’t run while it heats up. This will reduce heating costs for your household. These units are sometimes referred to as “point of use” water heaters.
- Fix faucets
- Fix toilet leaks. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts.
- Take shorter showers and replace showerheads with an ultra-low-flow showerhead. Some units are available that allow you to cut off the flow without adjusting the water temperature knobs.
- Use the minimum amount of water needed for a bath by closing the drain first and filling the tub only one-third full.
- Don’t let water run while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face.
- Retrofit household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.
- Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or properly set the water level for the size of load you are using.
- When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water. Rinse in another basin filled with hot, clear water.
- Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run for a cool glass of water.
- Do not run water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your microwave.