Helpful Tips

Want To Keep Your Water Bill Low?


  • 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.

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