GOOD TO DO
Around the House
- Insulate your water heater and all water pipes.
- Recycle water from fish tanks by using it to water plants. It’s rich in nitrogen and phosphorous and makes for a great, inexpensive fertilizer!
- Consider purchasing fixtures and appliances with the WaterSense designation.
In the Kitchen
- Fill a pitcher with tap water and store it in the ’fridge rather than running the tap every time you want a drink of cold water.
- Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator or microwave instead of running water over it.
- When washing dishes by hand, use two basins. Wash dishes in one and rinse dishes in the other rather than letting the water run.
- Install inexpensive aerators on all faucets.
- Use a pan to wash fruits and vegetables. When finished, use the water on your houseplants.
- Run the dishwasher only when full.
- Do not pre-rinse items for the dishwasher.
In the Laundry Room
- Use the proper water-level setting when washing clothes. If your machine’s water level cannot be adjusted, do FULL loads only.
- Use the perma-press cycle on your machine only when necessary. It uses 1/3 more water than the regular settings.
In the Bathroom
- Check toilets and faucets for leaks, and repair promptly.
- Install faucet aerators or low-flow faucets and showerheads.
- Install a low-flow toilet or modify your toilet with an inexpensive flushing device that reduces the amount of water used during each flush cycle.
- Take shorter showers! Try turning the water off while shampooing or soaping up.
- Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth or shaving!
- NEVER use the toilet as a wastebasket!
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