Things To Know About Water Conservation
- Switch your showerhead for a water-efficient one. Low-flow shower heads are inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month. Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to an additional 150 gallons each month.
- When shopping for a new washing machine or dishwasher, compare resource savings among ENERGY STAR® models, especially those with adjustable load size and cycle settings. These can save up to 20 gallons per load, and energy, too.
- Kitchen and bathroom faucets represent a significant portion of your home's total water consumption. Install a low-flow aerator on your existing faucet and you'll quickly and easily cut its consumption by as much as half while also reducing energy usage related to water heating.
- Consider replacing an older toilet with a high-efficiency (HET) or an ultra-high-efficiency one (UHET). If you're not ready to replace your toilet just yet, reduce the amount of water used by inserting a displacement device in the tank and tightening the valves into the reserve. Save money with every flush!
- Insulate your pipes and winterize outdoor spigots to prevent them from freezing when temperatures dip below freezing. Insulating pipes will also provide more immediate hot water at the faucet at no additional expense!
- Know where your master water shut-off valve is located and how to shut it off quickly. This could save water and prevent damage to your home.
- Save water and electricity with a water heater jacket. Your water will stay hotter for longer at lower temperature settings without compromising comfort.