Water Saving Tips

  • Capture running water while waiting for the temperature to change: this excess water can be used to water plants.
  • When washing dishes by hand, use as little water as possible. Use only the required amount of dish soap and put the dishes in a rack to rinse them all together and reduce rinse water. Be sure to use short bursts instead of letting the water run when rinsing. When you do use the dishwasher, use appropriate water and energy efficient settings.
  • Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator. With cold drinking water on hand, you’ll waste less than you would while waiting for the faucet to change temperature for each glass of water.
  • Do not defrost frozen food with running water. Use the microwave or defrost in the refrigerator.
  • When cooking, use only the amount of water required; this reduces the amount of water wasted when straining.
  • In the laundry room, be sure to match the water level with your load size. If your washing machine doesn’t allow manual water level adjustment and does not adjust automatically, wait until you have a full load before you run your machine.
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, and rinse out the sink when you’re finished.
  • Capture shower/bath water while waiting for water to change temperatures: This excess water can be used for watering plants.
  • Don’t wait for the water to get hot before filling the tub for a bath. Put in the plug and adjust the water temperature as the tub fills.
  • Turn off the water while shaving: Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of water to rinse your razor.