Indoor Conservation Tips
Wasting water inside makes about as much sense as pouring money down the drain. But, for years, we've wasted thousands of gallons around the house. Now, we know less is the new more. Here are some tips to get you started:
- You can save a lot of water while getting ready every morning. Turning off the water while you wash your hair can save up to 150 gallons a month; turning off the water while you shave can save up to 300 gallons a month; and turning off the water while brushing your teeth can save 25 gallons a month, according to the EPA.
- Seek your leaks. In a single house, leaky faucets, toilets and valves can waste 10,000 gallons of water each year, according to the EPA. Fixing them not only conserves water, it can save money on your monthly water bill.
- Slow your flow. Using a water-efficient showerhead can save up to 750 gallons a month. Shortening your shower by 1-2 minutes can save up to 150 gallons per month.
- Save your flushes. Don't use your toilet as a trash can. Flushing cotton balls, cotton swabs, and tissue wastes water. Reserve those flushes for after you've used the restroom.
- Don't swamp our water supply. In the summertime, use swamp coolers only when needed.
- Bundle or bust. In the wintertime, make sure you protect pipes from freezing temperatures. If a pipe breaks, turn off your water at the meter and call a licensed plumber to begin repairs.
Click here for dozens of other water conservation tips from the EPA's Water Use It Wisely initiative or call EPWU's water conservation department at 621-2000. For other tips find EPWU on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.