Indoor Water Conservation
While outdoor water use gets the big headlines when it comes to conservation, there are many incremental changes you can make in your home to lower water consumption.
The average residential customer uses 70 gallons of water per day. An average family of four uses about 7 Ccf's or 5,236 gallons of water per month. Help us reduce that number by following these easy tips:
Bathroom Conservation Tips
- Water-efficient showerheads and aerators for faucets can significantly reduce the amount of water you use. In fact, installing a water-efficient showerhead is one of the most effective water-saving steps you can take inside your house. Go to the EPA's WaterSense website for more information.
- Take shorter showers. If everyone in the United States shortened their shower by one minute every day, we could save 85 billion gallons per year.
- Place a bucket in the shower to collect the water while it is heating up. Use the water on plants or to refill a flushing toilet.
- Toilets are not trash cans, only flush the toilet when necessary. This helps conserve water and helps reduce sewer overflows.
- Fix that leak! A faucet drip of two tablespoons a minute adds up to 105 gallons a week of water wasted.
- Don't leave the water running when brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Speaking of running, have you checked your toilet lately?
- Put a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately. Most replacement parts are inexpensive and easy to install.
- Take shorter showers, see if you can shave a minute off your shower time. Make it a contest with the family, who can take the shortest shower.
Kitchen Conservation Tips
- Run the dishwasher only when it is full
- Dry scrape your dishes, the dishwasher will take care of the rest
- Use your disposal sparingly, it wastes water and puts stress on our sewer system
- Don't forget an aerator for the kitchen faucet!
Even More Tips
- Use the lowest water level setting on the washing machine for light or partial loads whenever possible.
- Giving Fido some freshwater? Use the old water from the dish to water plants or put in the toilet for a flush.
- Use cold water as often as possible to save energy (which uses water) and conserve hot water for uses that cold water cannot serve.