What Can you Do to Conserve Water?

The suggestions, ideas and tips listed below represent a fraction of the simple, inexpensive and free ways for people just like you to conserve water and save money.

Do it for Your Family, Do it for Yourself & Do it for Mother Nature

DYK? Showers are responsible for 18% of all indoor water use in the United States.  A recent study estimates that American’s use over 300 billion gallons of water each day.  That’s 250 gallons per person, per day for every person in America.  Help conserve our limited natural resources by using any of the following methods to reduce your water usage while lowering your monthly utility bill.

Simple, Inexpensive & Free Indoor Ways to Save Water & Money

  • Select the proper size pans for cooking. Large pans require more cooking water than may be necessary.
  • Make sure there are aerators on all of your faucets. Install an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don’t have to let the water run while it heats up. This will also reduce heating costs for your household.
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks, so that every drop goes down you not the drain.
  • Don’t use running water to thaw food. Thaw your food in the refrigerator and especially if it’s beef, fish or poultry.
  • When you clean your fish tank, use the water you’ve drained on your plants. The water is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, providing you with a free and effective fertilizer.
  • Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes and you’ll save up to 1,000 gallons a month
  • Run dishwashers and washing machines on the light load setting and only run them with full loads.  Note that this will also save money on your electric bill.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth

More Simple, Inexpensive & Free Outdoor Ways to Save Water & Money

  • Sweep leaves and other debris of f driveways and walkways instead of hosing
  • Install outside rain catcher systems to irrigate your landscaping
  • Mulch, Mulch and More Mulch!  Use bark chips to help retain water and moisture on flower beds to hold moisture more effectively. Mulch should be 2-4 inches deep which helps with soil temperature, weed control and improves water penetration
  • Use drip line watering in your flower beds and get less waste due to evaporation
  • Avoid watering during the hottest periods of the day to prevent loss through evaporation
  • Use slow release or low-concentration fertilizer and you shouldn’t over fertilize