Conservation Tips for your Home

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Bathroom - where over half of all water use inside a house takes place:

  • Do not let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Take short showers instead of tub baths; turn off the water while soaping or shampooing.
  • If you must use a tub, close the drain before turning on the water and fill the tub only half full.
  • Never use your toilet as a waste basket.

Kitchen & Laundry - simple practices that save lots of water:

  • Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables in a basin; use a vegetable brush.
  • Do not use water to defrost frozen foods; thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the dishwasher; wash only full loads.
  • Add food wastes to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal. Start composting! Go to www.recycleworks.org and click on "In the Garden" to learn more about composting.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
  • Click here to take a virtual tour of how to save water in and around the home: www.h2ouse.org

Equipment - homes with high-efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances save about 30% of indoor water use and yield savings on water, sewer and energy bills:

  • Replace existing toilets with high-efficiency and dual flush toilets and/or install water displacement devices. Click on the following link for more information on rebates..
  • Install low-flow kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators and showerheads which are available for free at the City Hall Public Works counter. Bring in your old showerhead and receive a low flow one in exchange.
  • Purchase a high efficiency clothes washer which can save over 50% in laundry water and energy use; click on the following link for more information on rebates: www.waterenergysavings.com or .
  • Repair all leaks! A leaking toilet can waste up to 300 gallons of water each day. Free toilet leak detection tablets are available at the City Hall Public Works counter. A dripping faucet or showerhead can waste up to 1,000 gallons per week. Also, pick-up a free Practical Plumbing Handbook to learn how to fix those leaks!

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