Conserving in the Bathroom

Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, and rinse out the sink when you’re finished

Capture shower/bath water while waiting for water to change temperatures: This excess water can be used for watering plants

Don’t wait for the water to get hot before filling the tub for a bath. Put in the plug and adjust the water temperature as the tub fills.

Do not use the toilet as a garbage can: Only flush the toilet when disposing of sanitary waste.

Turn off the water while shaving: Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of water to rinse your razor.

Conserving in the Kitchen

Capture running water while waiting for the temperature to change: this excess water can be used to water plants.

Wash dishes by hand whenever you can. Most dishwashers use more water than you would use by filling a small dish tub. When rinsing, be sure to use short blasts instead of letting the water run. Use only the required amount of dish soap to minimize your rinse water. When you do use the dishwasher, make sure to use the proper settings for the size of your load.

Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator. With cold drinking water on hand, you’ll waste less than you would while waiting for the faucet to change temperature for each glass of water.

Do not defrost frozen food with running water. Use the microwave or defrost in the refrigerator.

When cooking, use only the amount of water required; this reduces the amount of water wasted when straining.

In the laundry room, be sure to match the water level with your load size. If your washing machine doesn’t allow manual water level adjustment, wait until you have a full load before you run your machine.