Conservation Tips

Conservation Tips: Inside the Home

  • Store drinking water in the refrigerator. Don’t let the tap run while you are waiting for cool water to flow.
  • Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or use the defrost setting on your microwave.
  • Insulate your water pipes. You will get hot water faster, and avoid wasting water waiting for water while it heats up.
  • Don’t let water run while shaving or washing your face. Brush your teeth first while waiting for water to get hot, then wash or shave after filling the basin.
  • 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.
  • Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
  • Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other similar waste in thetrash rather than the toilet.
  • Collect the water you use for rinsing produce and reuse it to water houseplants.
  • Wash clothes only when you have a full load and save up to 600 gallons each month.
  • Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You will save up to 1000 gallons a month.
  • If the toilet handles frequently sticks in the flush position, letting water run constantly, replace or adjust it.
  • Make sure your home is leak-free. How to tell? Check your water meter a few hours before and after during a span of time when you are certain that no water is being used. If the meter reading changed, you know you have a leak!