Angie's How To Conserve Water Like a Pro

Date Published: Nov. 12, 2019

Difficulty:33%
Time: 30 Minutes

At least 36 states suffer local, regional or statewide water shortages annually. By adopting a few simple habits, you can dramatically decrease your household water usage. This will save you money on your water bill each month and help the environment. Win-win! Follow these steps to become more efficient with water.

1IN THE KITCHEN:

When washing fruits and vegetables, fill a pan with water. Dip your produce in the water instead of running it under the tap.

2Run washer only when it's full.

Only run your dishwasher when it's completely full. For more dishwashing tricks and rules, read: Do you rinse before loading the dishwasher?

3Don't use water to defrost.

Avoid defrosting your dinner under running water. Instead, fill your sink halfway and let the items soak until they're properly defrosted.

4IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM:

Wait until you have a full hamper before doing a load of laundry.

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Tip: If that shirt you wore isn't really dirty, don't be afraid to wear it twice!

5Check for leaks.

Check the water fixtures that connect to your washing machine. If you notice any moisture around the fixtures, you may have a leak that needs to be repaired. For more information on washer maintenance and cost, read: How much does a dishwasher cost?

6Buy energy-efficient appliances.

Consider purchasing an energy-efficient washing machine. These use almost half as much water as older, less-efficient models and wash your clothes just as well. Read: How Much Do Energy-Efficient Appliances Save?

7IN THE BATHROOM:

Shut off the water while brushing your teeth or washing your face. You'll save 4.5 gallons each time.

8Drop weighted bottle in tank.

Fill a 20-ounce bottle with water. Add rocks so it's weighed down, and drop it in the tank. The bottle allows the tank to be refilled with less water, making your toilet more efficient.

9Test for leaks.

Test your toilet for leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If the dye appears in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak. To learn how to fix this, read: Maintain your Toilets to Waste Less and How Much do Toilet Repair Cost?

10Take quicker showers.

Show some hustle in the shower and try to shorten each session by a minute or two. You’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.

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Tip: Make it a competitive game. Who can take the shortest shower?

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