Friday, June 15, 2007

Summer water saving tips

As summer is upon us, here are some helpful water saving tips to reduce your consumption (and your bill).


  • Use the dishwasher only when it is full
  • Thaw frozen food overnight in the fridge or in the microwave, don't run water over it
  • Use the proper load settings on your clothing washer, don't use long wash cycles unless clothes are very dirty
  • Rinse veggies in a sink full of cold water rather than under running water
  • Store drinking water in the refrigerator
  • Use water to feed plants, etc instead of pouring it out
  • Install flow reducing shower heads
  • Install faucet aerators
  • Repair leaky faucets and toilets
  • Fill baths up only half way instead of full
  • Time your showers
  • Don't run water while brushing teeth
  • Keep a small trash can beside the toilet to dispose of non-stinky uses of toilet paper and tissues
  • Don't prewash dishes in the sink before putting them in the dishwasher


  • Keep a rainfall schedule to avoid watering unnecessarily
  • In summer water lawns in early morning or the evening
  • Don't use sprinklers that spray in a fine mist
  • Plant native trees and plants that will need little to no special irrigating
  • Use drip irrigation for shrubs and flowerbeds
  • Use a broom instead of a water hose to clean debris from your concrete walkways

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