Not only does conserving water help the environment, but following these simple tips can also save you a lot of money on your water bill.
- Take five-minute showers.
- Turn off water while brushing teeth or shaving.
- Only wash full loads of laundry and dishes.
- When replacing a washing machine, look for one with the Energy Star label. It will use only 18-25 gallons per load. Traditional washers use 40 gallons per load. Learn more at www.energystar.gov.
- Don't leave the water running when washing dishes by hand or rinsing fruits and vegetables. Instead, fill your sink or a bowl with water to rinse them. Any dirt will sink to the bottom of the bowl or sink.
- Check pipes and faucets for leaks. A small drip can waste 50 gallons a day!
- Check toilets for leaks. If you have a leak, you may be wasting up to 200 gallons of water per day.
- Don't use your toilet as a trashcan or ashtray. Toilets use anywhere from 1.3 to 3.5 gallons of water per flush.
- Replace your old toilet with a low-consumption toilet (click here for more info and to see if you're eligible for a $75 rebate).
- Install water-saving showerheads. A quality water-saving showerhead provides a luxurious shower, yet uses no more than 2.5 gallons per minute. Ask your hardware retailer for advice.
- Keep drinking water in the refrigerator. Stop the wasteful practice of running the tap to cool water.
- Monitor Your Water Use