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Water Conservation Tips

Indoor

  • Consider a re-circulating hot water system
  • Install on-demand hot water dispenser
  • Install high efficiency toilets, showerheads and faucet aerators
  • Water garden and lawn early in the morning rather than mid-day
  • Fix leaky toilets and fixtures as soon as they are detected
  • Take quick showers rather than full-tub baths
  • Don't let the water run when brushing your teeth, washing your face or shaving
  • Run your dishwasher only with full loads and only full loads whenever possible
  • Stopper the sink when rinsing fruits and vegetables
  • Install a high-efficiency clothes washer-can save up to 30% on water and 50% on energy
  • When cleaning fish tanks, use the dirty water to water your houseplants – it's rich in nitrogen and phosphorus!

Outdoor

  • When washing cars, use a trigger nozzle that automatically turns off
  • Select correct water level for laundry loads
  • Don't water when it's windy
  • Sweep rather than hose off sidewalks,
    patios, decks and driveways
  • Position sprinklers so that they are not spraying the house, sidewalk or street
  • Use drought-tolerant plants in the garden
  • Use mulch around plantings to hold in moisture
  • Consider using drip for trees and shrubs
  • Know where your master water shut-off valve is located and show everyone in the household
  • Cover swimming pools when not in use-an average sized pool can loose approx. 1,000 gallons of water per month when left uncovered

 

H2OUSEFor more tips on how to use water more effectively and efficiently, visit the H20USE website at http://www.h2ouse.org. H20USE provides a virtual house and garden tour as well as offers hot links to great garden lists and detailed information.