Indoor Conservation Tips
It is possible you may be using more water than you realize inside your home or business, which leads to higher bills. Here are some tips to help you save money and conserve water.
Check For Leaks
- Check all pipes and fixtures in your home periodically for costly leaks.
- Don’t forget to check faucets outside of your home!
Locate the Main Shut-Off Valve
- Locate the main shut-off valve in your home.
- Responding quickly to a broken or leaking pipe will save water, money and prevent damage to your property.
Locate Your Water Meter
- Locate your water meter and use it to monitor your usage.
- If you are unable to account for increases in usage, you may have a leak within your home.
- Water meters are generally located near the hot water heater in the garage, basement or crawlspace.
Communication & Collaboration
- Offer employee incentives for conservation efforts which save your business money.
- Post signs encouraging conservation in kitchens, bathrooms and locker rooms.
Check For Water Leaks
- Routinely check your systems for water leaks.
- Install aerators on all faucets. This will save water without sacrificing water pressure.
- Do not let water run while shaving or brushing your teeth.
In the Bathroom
- Flush toilets only when necessary. Make an effort to flush less during the week.
- Limit your showers to five minutes or less.
- Consider installing low-flow showerheads, they are inexpensive and long-term savings will pay for the upgrade.
- Don’t use the toilet as a trash can; use a wastebasket instead.
In the Kitchen
- Soak pots and pans instead of using running water to scrape them clean.
- Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the faucet until it is cold.
- Defrost food in the microwave or refrigerator instead of with running water.
- Wash only full loads in the dishwasher.
In the Laundry Room
- Wash only full loads of laundry. Make an effort to run fewer loads each week.
- Match water level with the size of load.