20 Ways to Save Water in the Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry Room

Do you make efforts to save water at home? Even on a residential scale, small changes add up. Here are 20 ways to conserve water around your house to help the environment and lower your water bills.

Save Water in the Kitchen

  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the tap running; instead, fill one side of the sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • Only run the dishwasher when it’s full.
  • Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the fridge so you’re not waiting at the tap for ice cold water to start flowing.
  • Reuse leftover water from boiling vegetables to start a nutritious soup.
  • Put fruit and vegetable waste in a compost pile instead of running it through the garbage disposal.
  • When shopping for a new dishwasher, look for one with the Energy Star label.

Save Water in the Bathroom

  • Keep your showers to five minutes or less. Turn off the water when you lather your body and hair to conserve even more water.
  • Replace old, high-flow-rate showerheads with low-flow versions.
  • Fix leaky showerheads and faucets.
  • Turn off the water when you brush your teeth.
  • Upgrade faucets with aerated models that restrict flow to as low as 0.5 gallons per minute.
  • Instead of running the water when shaving your face, plug the sink and rinse your razor in the pool of water.
  • Check for toilet leaks to make sure you’re not unknowingly wasting water.
  • Throw facial tissues, paper towels and other used items in the trash instead of flushing them down the toilet to conserve water and help prevent clogs.
  • When shopping for a new toilet, look for one with water-saving features, such as dual-flush functionality.

Save Water in the Laundry Room

  • Wear your clothes two or three times before throwing them in the hamper.
  • Match the water level to the batch size.
  • Wash as many batches as possible in cold water to save on water heating costs.
  • Choose concentrated detergents, which have less water in them and cost much less for manufacturers to ship than traditional detergents.
  • When shopping for a new washing machine, look for a front-load, high-efficiency model.

For more tips to save water at home, please contact Day & Knight Plumbing & Heating today.

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