20 Great Water-Saving Tips

In the kitchen:

1.) When washing dishes by hand, fill the sink with enough soapy water to wash all of the dishes, and do not let the H2O run while washing. Rinse under a thin stream of H2O.

2.) You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month by running the dishwasher and washing machine only when full.

3.) Compost vegetable waste and use the garbage disposal as little as possible.

4.) Fill a bowl with H2O to wash fruits and vegetables in and the reuse the H2O for houseplants.

5.) Soak pots and pans in soapy water overnight, rather than running hot water full blast on them while trying to remove caked on food.

6.) Defrost food in the refrigerator for maximum food safety and efficiency. In a pinch, use the microwave instead of the sink.

7.) Consider installing an instant heater by the sink so you don't have to let H2O run until it heats up.

In the home:

1.) When doing laundry, adjust the H2O level to match the size of the load of clothes.

2.) Install aerators on all of your faucets to save water.

3.) Insulate all of your pipes for faster hot water at the tap and significant energy savings.

4.) When shopping for a new washing machine, be sure to look at the energy efficiency information on each one you're considering. Machines that use the smallest amount of water possible save plenty of water and energy!

5.) Keep an eye on your bill from month to month. If you notice a spike in usage, but you haven't done anything new, it's time to check for leaks.

In the bath:

1.) Whenever possible, take a shower instead of a bath, and keep it quick!

2.) Turning off the water while brushing your teeth can save 25 gallons a month.

3.) Turning off the water while you wash your hair can save up to 150 gallons a month.

4.) Turning off the water while you shave can save up to 300 gallons a month.

In the yard:

1.) Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and none is wasted on sidewalks and pavements.

2.) Water your lawn early in the morning. It's better for your garden than watering at night, and less is lost to evaporation.

3.) Use a trowel to check the root zone of your garden or lawn before you water. If soil is still moist two inches down, you don't need to water.

4.) When the kids want to play in the water, set up the sprinkler in the area of your yard that needs the most water and let them have guilt-free fun.

Learn more about Recycled Water and other valuable Water Saving Tips by visiting the website of Central Basin today.

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