Money Saving Tips
Replace plumbing fixtures
When replacing plumbing fixtures, consider the long term savings by purchasing a high efficiency water heater, or a low water consumption fixture.
Load your dishwasher completely before running; they use the same amount of water for small loads as full loads.
Reduce the amount of grass in your yard by creating islands and other yard structures. Less grass means less watering.
Check outside hose spigots for leaks. Also check hoses for damage and leaky washers.
Here is a way to make sure your home does not have any leaks. Turn off all water in the house, and then check your water meter before and after a two hour period. If the meter has changed then your house is leaking water, and should be checked by a professional.
Hose down driveway
Do not hose down your driveway to clean it; use a broom or blower to remove debris instead.
Insulate hot water pipes in a basement or crawl space. You will get hot water faster, thereby reducing water consumption.
Washing your car
When washing your car, use a hose sprayer so water is only used when needed. Park the car on the grass, so the yard is watered while you are washing the car.
If your showerhead is old, consider replacing it with an ultra low-flow version. This can save up to 2.5 gallons of water a minute.
Don't keep the faucet running while you are brushing you teeth or shaving.
Water to thaw
Don't use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. It is safer to thaw them in the refrigerator and saves water too!
Suspect a leaking toilet
If you suspect a leaking toilet you can test this by putting a few drops of food coloring in your tank. If the color later appears in the bowl, then your toilet is leaking.
Toilet for flushing garbage
Do not use your toilet for flushing garbage. That can clog your toilet and wastes water.
Replace your clothes washer
If it is time to replace your clothes washer, consider purchasing a front loading machine because they use less water.
Clothes washer load size
Unlike your dishwasher, your clothes washer load size can be adjusted to use less water.
A leaking faucet with a drip rate of one drop per second will waste 2,700 gallons of water a year. Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers.