Replace your old water-guzzling toilet with a WaterSense labelled model. New toilets use only 4.8 litres per flush while older toilets can use over 20 litres per flush. Calculate the payback period for purchasing a new WaterSense labelled toilet.
Check your toilets for leaks. Put a little food color or a dye tablet in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in your bowl, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately.
Install toilet water saving devices. If you would like to retrofit your old toilet, early closure toilet flappers or toilet dams are available from your local plumbing retailer. These devices can save 4 to 8 litres of water with every flush.
Take shorter showers, 5 minutes maximum. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down and rinse off. Long, hot showers can waste 12.5 gallons of water.
Install low-flow bathroom faucet aerators. This can reduce the flow out of your tap by up to 40%.
Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush. There is no need to keep water pouring down the drain - just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.
Rinse your razor in the sink. Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of warm water. This will rinse your blade just as well as running water, and far less wastefully.
Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Even the smallest drip from a worn washer can waste 20 or more gallons of water a day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons of water before the problem is found and repaired.
Saving Water in the Kitchen
Run the dishwasher instead ofwashing by hand. It uses less hot water and could saveyou $40 a year.
Fully load the dishwasher. It costs exactly the same amount towash one dish as it does to wash afull load.
Don’t let the water run. To clean fruits or vegetables, put themin the sink or in a pan, and fill it upwith water. You could save 50 to 100gallons of water per month.
Scrape, don’t rinse. There’s no need to pre-rinse platesbefore putting them in the dishwasher.Just scrape off any excess food.
Keep a container of drinking waterin the fridge. You won’t have to run the tap everytime you want a drink of cold water.
Wash full loads. The washer fills up with water whetherit has one item or a full load.
Use cold water. You’ll save money because you’re notpaying to heat the water. Only use hotwater for very dirty loads.
Use the high-speed spin cycle. It removes more water, so your laundrywon’t need to dry as long.
Choose an Energy Starwashing machine. It uses less than half the water andenergy of a standard machine.
Water Heater Tips
Turn down the thermostat to 120°F. You’ll save money and preventscalding accidents.
Buy a water heater that fitsyour needs. If it’s too big, you’ll be paying to heatwater you don’t need.
Insulate your water heater tank. Adding insulation can reduce heat lossand save you money.
Insulate hot water pipes. Insulation allows for even lower watertemperature settings. Try to insulate allaccessible pipes, but especially thosewithin 3 feet of the tank.
Look for an Energy Star–qualifiedwater heater. If you have to replace your waterheater, an energy-efficient model couldsave you money in the long run.