In the Bathroom...
In the Kitchen...
Leaks and Detection
Leak Detection Hints
Conservation Tips (PDF)
In the kitchen...
- Wait until you have a full load
before using your automatic dishwasher. Savings: 33 gallons.
- Don't let the faucet run while
cleaning vegetables. Instead, rinse them in a sink or bowl
filled with clean water. Savings: 3 gallons per minute.
- Steam, rather than boil your
vegetables whenever possible. Use a tight lid on the pot, and
as little water as possible. Savings: up to 5 gallons,
depending on pot size.
- Thaw frozen foods ahead of time,
not under running water. Savings: 3 gallons per minute.
- Check faucets and pipes for
leaks (including automatic ice makers and dishwasher hoses).
Savings: 8,640 gallons per month for 1/5 gallon per minute
- Keep a container of drinking
water in the refrigerator. Remember; running the tap to cool
water for drinking loses 3 gallons per minute. Savings: 3
gallons per minute.
- When washing dishes by hand,
rinse them first in a sink filled with water, rather than
under a running tap. Savings: 3 gallons per minute.
- Don't overuse garbage disposals.
Use the disposal only at the end of cooking or cleanup
periods, or when full. Savings: 3 gallons per minute.
- Restaurants and other food
establishments should serve water only upon request. This
saves on drinking water plus the water needed to wash glasses.
Savings: many thousands of gallons for serving and cleaning.