Indoor Conservation

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You can help protect our future water supply by making your home more water efficient. The bathroom accounts for about 75 percent of indoor water use. The Kitchen and laundry uses account for another 20 percent, while only 5 percent is used for cooking and drinking in the home.

  • Make sure that your home is leak free.

  • Install energy-efficient fixtures such as: low-flow showerheads, ultra low flush toilets, and faucet aerators.  Installing such devices could save you more than 30,000 gallons of water for the year and if you have city water, it could cut your monthly water and sanitary sewer bill in half.

  • Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or properly set the water level for the size of the load you are using.

  • Insulate your water pipes. You’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats.

  • Consider installing an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don’t have to let the water run while it heats up. This will reduce both heating costs and water bills. 
  • Reuse household water instead of just pouring it down the drain. Other uses include watering a plant or garden, or for cleaning.

  • Don’t install a water-to-air heat pump or air-conditioning system. Newer air-to-air models are just as efficient and do not waste water.

  • Install water-softening systems only when necessary. Save water and salt by running the minimum amount of regenerations necessary to maintain water softness. Turn softeners off while on vacation.

  • When adjusting water temperatures, instead of turning the water flow up, turn the offender down to balance the temperatures.

  • Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.

  • Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator (much safer too) or by using the defrost setting on your micro-wave.

  • Use the minimum amount of water needed for by closing the drain first and filling the tub only 1/3 full. Adding hot water can warm the initial burst of cold water.

  • Don’t let water run while shaving, washing your face, or brushing your teeth. Brush your teeth first while waiting for the water to get hot, then wash or shave after filling the sink or basin.

  • When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water. Quickly rinse under a slow moving stream from the faucet.

  • Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet. Remember that toilet tissue is biodegradable, tissues and paper towels are not.