Short showers save water
To be a water saver, install a low-flow showerhead
and keep showers under 5 minutes. Turn off the
water to soap up.
Flush only when
Avoid using the toilet for a wastebasket. Every
flush you can eliminate can save between two and
seven gallons of water
Test your toilet
Leaks waste water. Add several drops of food coloring
to the toilet tank. If it's leaking, the coloring
will appear in the toilet without flushing.
Reduce water use
If you don't have a low flow toilet, use plastic
bottles filled with water and pebbles to displace
water in the tank. Don't obstruct float and don't
Brush teeth efficiently
Don't let the water run while you brush your teeth
or shave. Turn the faucet on briefly to rinse.
An electric razor saves the most.
Filling the tub uses about 50 gallons of water.
Try bathing in just 10 gallons. Plug the tub when
you shower; how full does the tub get?
Wash clothes wisely
Match washer's load selector to your load size.
Try to wash only full loads. Minimize detergent
use. Save energy by using cold water to wash.
Save water and energy
Buying a new washing machine? Choose wisely. Find
the ones that conserves water and energy and has
a suds saver attachment.
Prepare food efficiently
Speed cleaning food by using a vegetable brush.
Spray water in short bursts. Faucet aerators cut
Use a rubber spatula to scrape dishes clean to
limit pre-rinse. Let really dirty pans or dishes
soak to speed washing.
Use fewer dishes
Limit dishwasher use to full loads. Minimize detergent
use. Prepare food with an eye to reducing dishwashing.
Wash cars efficiently
Choose a car wash that recycles water. At home,
use a shut-off nozzle and wash your car in small
sections. Direct runoff to water landscaping.
Cover pool or spa
Cover pools and spas to reduce evaporation. Avoid
overflows and splashes by reducing water levels.
Water landscape with wading pool water.
Find a better way
Avoid using garbage disposals. Compost or feed
leftovers to pets when possible. Use recycled
water in disposal.
Don't blow it away
Limit the loss of expensive heated air to the
outside. Use fans sparingly. In just one hour,
these fans can blow away a house full of warm
Keep fireplace dampers tightly closed until you
prepare to light a fire. An open damper in a 48-inch
square fireplace can let as much as 8% of our
heat escape out the chimney.
Caulk it up
Caulking and weather stripping are reasonably
easy, so you may be able to save money by doing
the job yourself. Reducing air leaks to a minimum
may also allow you to lower the thermostat on
your system without any discomfort.
Don't jack it up
Lower your thermostat to about 65 degrees F during
the day and 60 degrees F at night. For each degree
you turn down your thermostat, you'll save 3%
on heating bills.
Fireplace can cause
When using the fireplace, open dampers in the
bottom of the firebox if provided, or open the
closet window about 1 inch and close the doors
leading into the room. This allows more air for
the fire without reducing heat loss.
Try this out
Make a draft detector by clipping a piece of tissue
paper to a coat hanger. Hold the coat hanger in
front of a suspected crack; any movement indicates
a leak in need of caulking or weather stripping.
Kids off to college?
Avoid heating unused areas by closing off unoccupied
rooms and shutting off heat vents. (Does not apply
if you have a heat pump)
Keep it up to par
Keep the heating system well tuned with periodic
maintenance by a professional service. Once a
year is a good bet.
What does R mean?
Learn about R values before you buy your insulation
materials. These numbers indicate resistance of
an insulation material to winter heat loss or
summer heat gain.
Old windows can
cost you a bundle
Consider installing storm windows and doors. Storm
windows can be both energy efficient and convenient.
Good windows can result in cost savings of as
much as 15% a year.
Upgrade your old
Consider the advantages of a clock thermostat
for your heating system. The clock thermostat
will turn the heat down automatically at a regular
hour before you retire and turn it up again before
Keep it closed
Close windows and doors during hot days and open
them at night
Put those drapes
Close drapes and shades during hot days
Eat out in the summer
Reduce use of oven, incandescent lights and appliances
that generate heat ~ stay cool
To stay cool, use ceiling fans to cool individual
To stay cool, consider installing a whole house
fan in the attic
Use a precise method
Get a timer for air conditioners so they can be
off all day and turned on before you get home.
Try this on your
Time for a new color? Use light colors when painting
the house and trim.
Not just for a hammock
Stay cool by planting shade trees on the sunny
side of the house.
Save some water…
Replacing an old shower head can save up to 7.5
gallons of water per minute without sacrificing
full spray action at low or high water pressures.
Keep your septic
system running smoothly
Failed septic systems can allow untreated sewage
to seep into wells, groundwater, and surface waterbodies
-- where you get your drinking water and swim.
Failed septic systems also contaminate our lakes,
pollute water supplies, and create offensive odors.
Have your septic tank inspected and pumped regularly
by a licensed septic tank contractor every 3 to
5 years. Pumping your septic tank is the most
important thing you can do to protect your septic
system. If the buildup of solids in the tank gets
too high and solids move into the drainfield,
your drainfield will clog and strain your system,
causing your drainfield to fail. Then you will
have to replace the whole drainfield.
Keep your loved ones safe
All circuits in the bathroom need to be equipped
with GFI protection. GFI stands for Ground Fault
Interrupter. These circuits will turn the power
off in a fraction of a second in the event of
a short. This will help to keep you and your loved
ones from being injured in the event of an electrical
If you wash your car at a car wash, you are actually
helping to lower the amount of polluted runoff
water. At a car wash, the water is recycled to
remove any pollutants from washing the vehicles.
If you prefer to wash your car at
home, you could try to wash it on an unpaved surface
such as grass. This helps because the ground filters
out a lot of the pollutants, naturally
Water that runs off of your roof can be collected
in a barrel and recycled to water your landscaping
after the rain. This recycling of water can save
you money because you are not paying for the water
that didn't come from your faucet.
As an alternative, you could
run downspouts to unpaved surfaces to allow the
ground to filter out any pollutants.