Indoor Water Conservation Tips
Indoor water usage, unlike outdoors, is largely the same year-round. That's good news, because it means a few water-saving measures can have a large cumulative effect on your indoor water consumption.
Use your leftover food coloring to check your toilet for leaks.
Preparing a Feast?
Thawing food: Use the microwave, a bowl of water, or place thawing food in fridge overnight instead of running the tap. You'll save about two gallons of water for each minute the faucet does not run.
Freeze your grease instead pouring it down the drain and letting the water run. Keep your kitchen sink draining well by this holiday season by pouring all cooking grease into a can, freezing it, and then tossing the frozen contents into the trash.
When you clean up, Scrape instead of pre-rinsing. Save yourself up to 20 gallons of water by scraping food off your dishes instead of pre-rinsing them. ENERGYSTAR qualified dishwashers and today’s detergents are designed to do the cleaning so you don’t have to. If your dirty dishes sit overnight, use your dishwasher’s rinse feature. It uses a fraction of the water needed to hand rinse.
On that note, the average dishwasher uses about 10 gallons or less per load. Many kitchen faucets use the same amount of water by running for just four minutes. So, put your dishwasher to work!
Last but not least, wash only full loads. Dishwashers use about the same amount of energy and water regardless of the number of dishes inside, so run full loads whenever possible.
Don’t let dry winter air leave you parched. Chill a pitcher in the fridge ahead of time rather than letting your faucet run until the water is cool. You will save more than two gallons of water for each minute the faucet does not run. Bonus tip: Using one glass all day will mean less dishes to do, especially if everyone in your house joins in!
Watch the weather
Cold, ice, and snow can burst your water pipes. Avoid the expense and inconvenience of frozen pipes during an extended cold spell by winterizing your home.