1. Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water conservation and food safety defrost water
2. Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Energy Star dishwashers use save even more water.
3. If you are washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash waster and another with rinse water.
4. Wash your vegetables and fruit in pan of water instead of letting the water run.
5. If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
6. If your toilet was installed before 1992, consider replacing it. Toilets made before 1992 can use 5 to 7 gallons per flush. Newer toilets will use only 1.6 gallons per flush. Replacing one toilet could save approximately 13,000 gallons per year.
7. When washing your hands turn the water off when you lather.
8. Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1000 gallons per month.
9. If you let the water run to wait for hot water, collect the running water and use to water plants. You’ll be surprised how fast a 5 gallon bucket fills up; this water would normally be wasted.
10. Fix the small drips. One drip every second will add up to 5 gallons per day.
Thanks to our friends at wateruseitwisely.com for helping us with our tips.
Written by Eric Rickert