Cutting your water usage saves money, conserves water resources, and cuts your energy usage. Implement these simple ideas to get started saving water.
1. Check faucets and pipes for leaks. A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day.
2. Check the toilet for leaks. Put a little food coloring in the toilet tank. If, without flushing, you see that color in the bowl, you need to repair the leak immediately.
3. Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucets. Look for a WaterSense labeled product.
4. Put a plastic bottle full of water in the toilet tank to reduce the amount of water per flush.
5. Insulate your hot water pipes to get hot water faster. This will reduce the time you have to wait and waste water.
6. Only Run full loads in the dishwasher and clothes washer. Remember to air dry both dishes and clothing to further your energy savings.
7. Be a water Scrooge – take shorter showers, rinse your razor in the sink, and turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth.
8. Plant drought-resistant lawns, shrubs, and plants in your yard. Mulch flower beds, water in the early morning, and don’t water your grass – after all who likes mowing every week.
9. Capture rainwater for use in watering your plants, washing your car, and even filling the pool.
10. Use a drip irrigation system for your garden, keep the water close to the roots.