Water Saving Ideas and Use Habits

Energy Saving Tips
Water Saving Ideas and Use Habits
In The Bathroom...
  • Use a displacement device, a water-filled plastic bottle, in the toilet tank to reduce the amount of water required to flush.
  • Use the toilet only for its intended purpose, not for the disposal of tissues or trash.
  • Be alert for leaky toilets or faucets and repair immediately. A slow drip wastes 15 to 20 gallons of water a day. A leaky toilet wastes hundreds of gallons a day.
  • When installing a new toilet, consider a small-capacity model. They are usually less expensive and cut down significantly on the amount of water used.
  • Take shorter showers. Get wet, turn off the water, lather up, then turn on the water to rinse. Showers require less water than tub baths. Every inch in the tub equals approximately five gallons of water.
  • Up to five gallons a minute goes straight down the drain when taps are left running to shave or brush teeth. Turn on the water only when needed.
  • Flow restrictors should be added on faucets to reduce water usage.
In The Kitchen...
  • When washing dishes by hand, fill a basin or use a stopper in the sink for rinsing rather than running the faucet.
  • Automatic dishwashers use 12 to 25 gallons for each full cycle, so avoid using the "rinse only" cycle and washing small loads.
  • Avoid running the faucet for a glass of water. Put a bottle or pitcher of water in the refrigerator.
In The Laundry Room...
  • Since standard top-loading washing machines require 40 gallons or more, save water by washing only full loads.
  • Lower the setting on your hot water heater to 120oF and use a water heater wrap.
Outdoors...
  • Use buckets and tubs to wash your car or the dog, rather than a continuously running hose.
  • Water lawns and gardens only when needed and only during the early morning or evening when evaporation is lower.
  • A garden hose will dispense up to 600 gallons in two hours. A nozzle will act as a flow restrictor and reduce water use significantly.
  • Cutting grass at a two to three inch height instead of cropping it closely will reduce the amount of water needed.
  • Sweep sidewalks and driveways instead of washing them down with a hose.
  • Re-use as much water as possible.
  • If lawn watering is scheduled, let youngsters play in the hose spray or sprinkler in a grassy area instead of filling a wading pool.
Water Use Habits...
Typical Usage Good, Water-Saving Habits
Showering 20-40 gals 5 gals (wet down, soap up, rinse off)
Tub Bathing 36 gals 10-12 gals (low level)
Toilet Flushing 6 gals 3-5 gals (tank displacement or half-flush device)
Teeth Brushing 2 gals (faucet running) 1 pint (wet brush, rinse briefly)
Hand Washing 2 gals (faucet running) 1 gal (fill basin, rinse briefly)
Shaving 3-5 gals (faucet running) 1 gal (fill basin, rinse briefly)
Dish Washing 20 gals (faucet running) 5 gals (wash, rinse in pans or sink)
Automatic Dishwasher 15 gals (full cycle) DO ONLY FULL LOADS
Washing Machine 40-60 gals (full cycle) DO ONLY FULL LOADS
Outdoor Watering 5-10 gals per minute Be sensible, seek local lawn/garden expert advice (Extension Service)