Residents of Southern California are doing their part to conserve water and follow the restrictions currently in place. But, there’s more you can do right at home to conserve water. Not only will these tips contribute to water conservation efforts, but they will also lower your water bill. The majority of these tips are simple fixes that everyone can do in their home starting today, a few require a bit more planning and maintenance.
- Repair dripping faucets as soon as possible. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency one drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons of water per year!
- Repair any leaks in the plumbing.
- Check your toilet for leaks. Add food coloring to the tank. If coloring appears in the bowl without flushing there is a leak.
- If you’re building a home or upgrading appliances, choose energy efficient devices. They’ll save both water and energy.
- Don’t run the water while you brush your teeth and wash your face. Turn off the water when it’s not in use and back on when you need to rinse.
- Shave with a small amount of water in the sink.
- Replace your showerhead with an ultra-low-flow showerhead.
- If you wash dishes by hand, fill one sink with soapy water and rinse in another. When rinsing either keep water on a slow stream or turn off in between rinses.
- Instead of running the water until it cools, store a pitcher of water in your refrigerator for drinking water.
- Trim down water waste by taking a shorter shower. Time yourself until you have an estimate of your average shower time. Start by setting a timer a minute shorter than your average and get out as soon as it goes off. Continue cutting down your time from there.
- When cleaning your fruits and vegetables, place them in a pan of water instead of under running water.
- Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes.
- Soak any dishes that need to be pre-rinsed instead of running them under water.
- Use cold water when you can and avoid unnecessary use of hot water.
- Try composting your kitchen waste instead of using your garbage disposal.
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