“Everybody” has heard, “turn off the water while you brush your teeth.” Then again, not everybody follows suit. When Las Vegas's natural water resources are under the strain of a sweltering summer, it helps if everybody really does pitch in to conserve indoor water. Doing so will reduce your water bill, too.
Put big energy savings first
- Repair water leaks on faucets and showerheads. A tiny drip from a faucet can waste as much as 20 gallons of water a day; larger, steadier leaks can waste hundreds of gallons
- Install water-saving faucets and “low-flow” faucets, which use about 2 gallons of water per minute.
- Test toilets for water leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If the color seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Repair it – or call a plumber to do it for you. As it is, toilets tend to consume more water than any other device in a home.
Conserve water in the bathroom
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Not everybody knows you can save as much as 4 gallons a minute.
- Take shorter showers. Even a four-minute shower can consume between 20 and 40 gallons of water.
- Unless you have a strong preference for baths, take showers instead. Filling a bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water.
- Refrain from using the toilet as a garbage can. Place a small one on the floor for tissues, wrappers, swabs and other items you might otherwise flush.
- When it's time to replace a toilet, consider an energy-efficient one that carries the Energy Star label – the literal “gold star” from the U.S. Department of Energy. Older toilets use as many as 6 gallons per flush, whereas, water-saving toilets use about 1.5 gallons.
Conserve water in the kitchen
- Store drinking water in the refrigerator. You can fill individual bottles (which also will free you from buying bottled water at the store) or fill a large bottle with a dispenser for the use of many people. Either way, you'll cut down on streams of water while waiting for it to get cold.
- Run the dishwasher for full loads only.
- Let really dirty pots and pans soak in sudsy water rather than scouring them under running water.
- Thaw frozen food in the refrigerator rather than running water over frosty packages.
- Minimize use of your garbage disposal. Alternatively, consider creating a compost pile to dispose of food waste.
Conserve water in the laundry room
- Check that the water setting corresponds to the size of the load so you don't use more water than necessary.
- Try to avoid the “permanent press” or “heavily soiled” settings, which can use an extra 5 gallons of water. The “normal” setting works for most loads.
- Hang wet towels on a drying rack to reduce the number of times you need to wash them.
- When it's time to replace your washing machine, consider Energy Star models, which can use between 35 and 50 percent less water than older models.
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