Most washing machines have a load adjustment button or dial, so try to set this to match the amount of washing you are doing. If your machine does not have a load adjustment
function, try to wait until you have enough washing for a full load.
While buying a new washing machine, choose one that is water efficient. You could save a substantial amount of water, as well as money, over the life of the machine.
Wash vehicles with a bucket and sponge instead of hose, which uses 400 liters of water. By using a bucket up to 300 liters can be saved
Wash Vegetables in a bowl of water, washing the cleanest ones first. Use this water for your plants
Collect rainwater in large tubs or cans and use it to water plants.
Avoid using pesticides, herbicides and fungicides in the garden for they seep into the garden and pollute ground water.
Water lawns and gardens during the coolest part of the day.
Choose plants that are native to the area you live or drought resistant plants for landscaping and gardens.
Replace damaged/leakage pipes, taps, valves to avoid overflow and wastage.
Don’t run water when washing the dishes, brushing your teeth, washing your hands or face.
A leaking toilet can waste up to 16,000 liters of water per year
Close taps tightly.
Other Few Common Tips
We’re more likely to notice leaks indoors, but don’t forget to check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.
Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up or runs. Use this water to flush toilets or water plants.
Use water responsibly.
Setting cooling systems and water softeners for a minimum number of refills saves both water and chemicals, plus more on utility bills.
Check the root zone of your lawn or garden for moisture before watering using a spade or trowel. If it’s still moist two inches under the soil surface, you still have enough water.
If you have an automatic refilling device, check your pool periodically for leaks.
Reuse water whenever possible.
Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs and ground covers appropriate to your site and region.
There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.
Make sure there are water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.
If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better absorption.
Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.
Leave lower branches on trees and shrubs and allow leaf litter to accumulate on the soil. This keeps the soil cooler and reduces evaporation.
Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
Choose shrubs and ground covers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.
For cold drinks keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
Never flush garbage down a toilet. It will ultimately end up in our water streams and river.
Direct water from rain gutters and HVAC systems toward water-loving plants in the landscape for automatic water savings.
Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.
Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time.
Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants.
When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
Teach your children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.
When buying new appliances, consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments. They’re more water and energy efficient.
Report broken pipes, open hydrants and errant sprinklers to the property owner or your water provider.
Let your lawn go dormant during the summer. Dormant grass only needs to be watered every three weeks or less if it rains.
When back flushing your pool, consider using the water on your landscaping.
Encourage your school system and local government to develop and promote water conservation among children and adults.
Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
Do not let your overhead tank overflow. Regulate the time.
Use sprinklers for large areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid waste.
When running a bath, plug the tub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
Use a minimum amount of organic or slow release fertilizer to promote a healthy and drought tolerant landscape.
Walkways and patios provide space that doesn’t ever need to be watered. These useful “rooms” can also add value to your property.
Collect water from your roof to water your garden.
Insulate hot water pipes for more immediate hot water at the faucet and for energy savings.
Rather than following a set watering schedule, check for soil moisture two to three inches below the surface before watering.
When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your plants.
When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.
Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so your system won’t run when it’s raining.
Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it’s needed.
Fix leaking taps, Pipes etc., immediately and check regularly for leaks.
Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons a week.
Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
Never put Water down the drain when there may be another use for it for watering a plant or garden or cleaning.
Remember to check your sprinkler system valves periodically for leaks and keep the sprinkler heads in good shape.
Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.
When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it the most.
Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
If you accidentally drop ice cubes when filling your glass from the freezer, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
Do not branch off pipe before the meter point.
Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.
Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.
To decrease water from being wasted on sloping lawns, apply water for five minutes and then repeat two to three times.
Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful.
Use a layer of organic material on the surface of your planting beds to minimize weed growth that competes for water.
When shopping for a new clothes washer, compare resource savings among Energy Star models. Some of these can save up to 20 gallons per load, and energy too.
Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month.
Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a month.
When washing dishes by hand, fill the sink basin or a large container and rinse when all of the dishes have been soaped and scrubbed.
Aerate your lawn at least once a year so water can reach the roots rather than run off the surface.
Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.
Use a rain gauge, or empty tuna can, to track rainfall on your lawn. Then reduce your watering accordingly.
Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
Set a kitchen timer when watering your lawn or garden to remind you when to stop. A running hose can discharge up to 10 gallons a minute.
Don’t use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety.
To save water and time, consider washing your face or brushing your teeth while in the shower.
If your toilet flapper doesn’t close after flushing, replace it.
Upgrade older toilets with water efficient models.
Next time you add or replace a flower or shrub, choose a low water use plant for year-round landscape color and save up to 550 gallons each year.
If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the shower head with a water-efficient model.
If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. This could save water and prevent damage to your home.
For hanging baskets, planters and pots, place ice cubes under the moss or dirt to give your plants a cool drink of water and help eliminate water overflow.
When you have ice left in your cup from a take-out restaurant, don’t throw it in the trash, dump it on a plant.
Use a trowel, shovel, or soil probe to examine soil moisture depth. If the top two to three inches of soil are dry it’s time to water.
Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid over watering some while under watering others.
When you save water, you save money on your utility bills too. Saving water is easy for everyone to do.
Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water while you wash your car. You’ll save up to 100 gallons every time.
Adjust your watering schedule each month to match seasonal weather conditions and landscape requirements.
Bathe your young children together.
Consult with your local nursery for information on plant selection and placement for optimum outdoor water savings.
Don’t water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.
Have your plumber re-route your gray water to trees and gardens rather than letting it run into the sewer line. Check with your city codes, and if it isn’t allowed in your area
Trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation than those spraying water into the air.
Catch water in an empty tuna can to measure sprinkler output. One inch of water on one square foot of grass equals two-thirds of a gallon of water.
Wash your car on the lawn, and you’ll water your lawn at the same time.
Drop your tissue in the trash instead of flushing it and save water every time.
Make suggestions to your employer about ways to save water and money at work.
Share water conservation tips with friends and neighbors.
Learn how to shut off your automatic watering system in case it malfunctions or you get an unexpected rain.
When you are washing your hands, don’t let the water run while you lather.
If your toilet was installed before 1992, reduce the amount of water used for each flush by inserting a displacement device in the tank.
Washing dark clothes in cold water saves both on water and energy while it helps your clothes to keep their colors.
Throw trimmings and peelings from fruits and vegetables into your yard compost to prevent using the garbage disposal.
Use a water-efficient shower head. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.
Do not fix pumps directly to the line.
Plant with finished compost to add water-holding and nutrient-rich organic matter to the soil.
Listen for dripping faucets and running toilets. Fixing a leak can save 300 gallons a month or more.
One more way to get eight glasses of water a day is to re-use the water left over from cooked or steamed foods to start a scrumptious and nutritious soup.
Make sure your swimming pools, fountains, and ponds are equipped with recirculating pumps.
Wash your pets outdoors in an area of your lawn that needs water.
Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it.
Look for products bearing the EPA WaterSense Label for items that have been certified to save 20% or more without sacrificing performance.
Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
Use a grease pencil to mark the water level of your pool at the skimmer. Check the mark 24 hours later to see if you have a leak.
Winterize outdoor spigots when temperatures dip below freezing to prevent pipes from leaking or bursting.
If installing a lawn, select a turf mix or blend that matches your climate and site conditions.
While staying in a hotel or even at home, consider reusing your towels.
Support projects that use reclaimed waste water for irrigation and industrial uses.
Use sprinklers that deliver big drops of water close to the ground. Smaller water drops and mist often evaporate before they hit the ground.
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