Water-Saving Tips

  • dishes in dishwasherReplacing an old toilet with a new model can save the typical household 7,900 to 21,700 gallons of water per year
  • Check toilets periodically for leaks and repair them promptly
  • Take a quick shower rather than a bath
  • Install a water-efficient showerhead
  • Clean vegetables in a sink or pan partially filled with water rather than running water from the tap
  • Re-use the water that vegetables are washed in for watering houseplants or for cleaning
  • Whenever possible, compost food scraps
  • A full dishwasher is more water-efficient than washing the same load by hand
  • Wait until you have a full load of laundry before running the washing machine


  • sprinkler watering lawnWater before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
  • Water in several short sessions
  • Only water when your lawn is thirsty
  • Install moisture sensors in each irrigation zone
  • Check sprinkler system valves periodically for leaks
  • Install a rain shut-off device on automatic sprinklers
  • Avoid sprinklers that spray a fine mist
  • Install a drip irrigation system for watering gardens, trees, and shrubs


  • inflatable tube in poolReduce the amount of time you run the pool filter pump
  • Consider an automatic time clock for your filter to not run your pool filter on hot summer afternoons when demand for electricity is at its highest
  • Do regular preventive maintenance
  • Use automatic pool cleaners
  • A good pool cover will save energy and water
  • Make use of solar energy by locating your pool in the sunniest part of your yard
  • Consider solar heating for your pool


  • bathtub in a room with a plantPortable spas are more energy-efficient than in-the-ground spas
  • Don’t run the jets unless you are using your spa
  • Spa covers are important to conserve energy