Energy and Water Conservation Tips

As water shortages increase worldwide, it is important that we all use water as efficiently as possible. While our planet is composed of 75% water, only 3% of it is potable (can be safely consumed by humans).

Wasting water is not only detrimental to our environment, but it also drives up our utility cost. Most households use the vast majority of their water indoors and that’s where we can realize most of our savings. Just by using the following water-saving ideas every day, you will notice a difference in your utility bills, plus you’ll be doing your “Green Deeds by helping the planet.

  • Learn to listen for signs of leakage (for instance, a toilet that sounds like it is running all the time, is most likely leaking), and always fix leaky faucets and other fixtures as soon as you become aware of the problem.
  • Use water-efficient fixtures throughout your home. Use energy- and water- efficient appliances and products, such as WaterSense® and EnergyStar® labeled products whenever you can.
  • Routinely check any water-using devices to ensure they are working properly and efficiently.
  • Take showers instead of baths and save up to 40 gallons of water per shower.
  • Take shorter showers when you can – the water you save this way will add up tremendously in the long-run.
  • Drop all bathroom waste in the trash instead of flushing it – this will save gallons.
  • Don’t let the faucet run while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Make sure all your faucets have aerators.
  • Cooking food in as little water as possible not only saves water, but also keeps most of the nutrients in the food.
  • Consider buying mugs you keep in the freezer rather than using ice to cool soft drinks, lemonade, or other beverages. This will save water and keep your drink’s flavor intact.
  • Use insulated coolers rather than ice buckets to keep bottles and food cool while traveling.
  • Don’t run your washing machine when you don’t have a full load to wash.
  • Don’t pre-rinse dishes unless it’s necessary – most newer dishwashers will thoroughly clean your dishes without needing pre-rinsing under normal circumstances.
  • Use “gray” water from activities like washing dishes (unless you use harsh detergents) and showering to water plants.
  • Fill clean bottles or containers with water and refrigerate them rather than letting the faucet run until the water is cool enough to drink.
  • Thaw food out in advance or use the microwave if needed on short-notice – don’t thaw out food by running water over it!
  • If you notice a leaking fixture at work, a hotel, or a restaurant, inform someone so they can have it fixed.
  • Wash your car by hand with a bucket or at a carwash that uses recycled water.
  • When buying plants, consult with your suppliers. Native plants grow more easily and require less water and maintenance.
  • Water your lawn during the early morning hours only – this is when less evaporation occurs.
  • Talk with your co-workers and family about water saving tips – education is the first step!
  • Educate those around you about keeping our environment clean and using our resources efficiently – knowledge is the first step to action!