Energy Conservation Tips – Water

Saving water indoors

  • Buy a front loading washer, which uses 1/3 less water than top loading models.
  • Retrofit all household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.
  • The toilet handle frequently sticks in the flush position letting water run constantly,
    replace or adjust it.
  • Install a toilet dam or displacement device such as a bag or bottle to cut down on the amount of
    water needed for each flush.
  • Don’t let water run while shaving or washing your face.

Saving water outdoors

  • Avoid purchasing recreational water toys which require a constant stream of water.
  • Check sprinkler systems and timing devices regularly to be sure they operate properly.
  • Water lawns during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest. This reduces losses from evaporation.
  • Avoid the installation of ornamental water features (such as fountains) unless the water is recycled.
  • Don’t overwater your lawn. As a general rule, lawns only need watering every five to seven days in the summer and every 10 to 14 days in the winter.

General water saving tips

  • Be aware of and follow all water conservation and water shortage rules in effect in your community.
  • Encourage your school system and local government to help develop and promote a water conservation ethic among children and adults.
  • Try to do one thing each day that will result in saving water. Don’t worry if the savings are minimal because every drop counts.
  • Support projects that will lead to an increased use of reclaimed waste water for irrigation and other uses.
  • Get involved in water management issues. Voice your questions and concerns at public meetings conducted by your local government or water management district.