Want To Keep Your Water Bill Low?
HERE ARE SOME GREAT TIPS:
- A leaking toilet that keeps running can silently waste more than 1000 gallons a day. Fixing it is easy and inexpensive.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy.
- 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.
- Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.
- Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.
- Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop is consumed and doesn’t go down the drain.
- If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
- If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a low flow model.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
- Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix it and start saving gallons.
- When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills.
- Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute. That’s up to 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
- Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor and save up to 300 gallons a month.
- Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month. Some shower heads have an on-off switch.
- When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.
- Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid overwatering some while underwatering others.
- Plant species native to your region.
- Plant in the spring and fall, when the watering requirements are lower.
- When sprucing up your front or backyard, consider xeriscaping. This landscape method uses low-water-use plants to limit your water use.
For other great tips, check out this website: www.home-water-works.org.