Water Saving Tips

Our physical plant folks sent out this list of water saving tips to followup on the energy savings tips they sent previously. Again, I think they should be blogging them, but what do I know? (It’s a rhetorical question, please don’t answer.)

Limit the use of domestic hot water — use cold water whenever it will do.

  • Turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth or washing your face. This can save up to 4 gallons a minute!
  • Take shorter showers. Even a one or two minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons per month!
  • Turn off the water while you shave and you can save more than 100 gallons a week.

Please report all steam, water, and air leaks…

  • Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl, you have a leak. You can save more than 600 gallons a month.
  • Fixing a leaky faucet can save 140 gallons a week.

Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwashers. This can save 300 to 800 gallons per month.

  • Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents when-ever possible.
  • Let your dishes air dry; if you don’t have an automatic air-dry switch (on your dishwasher), turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open a little so the dishes will dry faster.

Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily — Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.

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  1. I found a great home water conservation device that saves water and also saves me a bunch of time! I got a Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water valve a few months ago and it’s awesome! It’s a recirculation system that needs no electricity or pump! I don’t waste water down the drain waiting for the water to get hot anymore in the shower. It’s quite convenient to not have to stand waiting for the kitchen water to warm up too! I think it will pay off pretty quickly. I paid only $179.95 at their website. It was super easy for me to install! I think everyone should get one if you want to save water, time, and energy! One unit was enough to work for my whole house! Here’s their site… Check it out:


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