How to Reduce Your Household Water Consumption
It’s easy to reduce your water consumption by following these tips. Reducing your water consumption is good for the environment and will help reduce your hot water bill too.
Tub and shower tips
- Choose showering over bathing in a tub, it uses less water. Avoid long showers by timing them.
- If you prefer bathing, fill the tub only one-quarter full.
- Soak your shower head in vinegar or CLR to remove mineral deposits.
- Consider installing a low-flow shower head.
- Insulate your hot water pipes,this will keep hot water warmer for longer.
- Use a bucket to collect water that runs while the shower heats up so you can use it for cleaning/chores.
- Turn off the water when you brush your teeth or shave.
- Don’t flush things foreign objects like cotton swabs, dental floss or hair down the toilet. This wastes water and can clog your sewer lines.
- Check your flapper valve. If you hear your toilet filling without having been flushed, it could be leaking.
- Consider a dual-flush toilet.
- Use a full load in the washing machine (but don’t overfill). Too much water will cause the washer to work less efficiently.
- Don’t waste water on small loads. Three-quarters full leaves room for the clothes to move around the agitator and reduces the chance for wrinkles or damage.
- Consider updating your washer with a newer, high-efficiency model. New Energy Star washers use half the water of older models.
- Repair dripping faucets and leaky valves, including stuff off valves and hose connections behind washing machines and dish washers.
- Check your water meter periodically to monitor for leaky plumbing. If you see dial movement when water is off, look for signs of leaks.
- Water lawns, shrubs, trees and gardens sparing. Plants can be watered at the end of the day when heat is lower and evaporation will be reduced.
- Set up a rain barrel at the bottom of a downspout to collect rain water. This water is safe to water shrubs, flowers, trees, and vegetables.
- Use mulch around shrubs, flowers, trees, and vegetables to retain moisture in the soil while reducing weeds and the use of herbicides.
- Reduce the size of your lawn by replacing it with native plants, that require little to no watering.