20 Water Conservation Tips that Won't Cost You a Penny

According to the Division of Water Resources, the United States consumes approximately 293 gallons per person per day. Water conservation not only saves money on utility bills, it helps preserve our environment.

Here are 20 Tips to help you conserve water that do not cost you anything and will eventually save you money:

  1. Don't use the toilet as a garbage can. Each time you flush, you use 3-6 gallons of water. Throw used tissue paper and cotton pads in the trash.
  2. Check faucets and pipes for leaks.
  3. Use your dishwasher only when it is full. If you have a newer model, pre-rinsing is usually not necessary. Use the appropriate setting when washing dishes, and do not run the "Pots and Pans" option unless absolutely necessary.
  4. Match your clothes washer setting to fit the size of the laundry load. Avoid the permanent press cycle, which uses an additional 5 gallons of water for the extra rinse. If you are in the market for a new washer, consider purchasing a water-saving frontload washer.
  5. Don't let the faucet run when you rinse off vegetables and fruit. Wash them in a bowl instead.
  6. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge. Waiting for the tap water to cool wastes water and time.
  7. Take shorter showers. Use a timer or an alarm clock if necessary. Reducing your shower time by 1-2 minutes can save up to 150 gallons per month.
  8. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
  9. Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Use the garbage can instead.
  10. Monitor your water bill. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks. If your bill reflects unusually high water usage, you may have a leak.
  11. If the toilet flapper in the tank doesn't close after flushing, replace it.
  12. Washing dark clothes in cold water saves both water and energy while helping your clothes maintain their colors.
  13. Reuse your towels.
  14. When washing your hands, don't let the water run while you lather the soap.
  15. If you drop ice cubes on the floor when filling your glass from the freezer, don't throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
  16. Teach your children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.
  17. When washing dishes by hand, fill the sink or a large container with clean water. Rinse when all the dishes have been scrubbed with soap.
  18. When you give your pet fresh water, don't throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water plants, trees, or shrubs.
  19. Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways, garages, and sidewalks.
  20. Don't water the sidewalk, gutter, or the road. Position your sprinklers accordingly, and avoid watering your lawn on windy days. Ensuring that your sprinklers water only your lawn will avoid wasting water. Also, your neighbor who recently washed his car will appreciate not getting sprayed as he drives past your house.

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