Water

Slow the flow

  • Old toilet? Fill a 1/2 gallon plastic container with water or gravel and add to the tank for a savings of 1/2 gallon per flush. Consider installing a low-flow or dual flush toilet that uses less water, while offering equal or superior performance, and save 18% on your water bill.

  • Install a low-flow showerhead and save water without losing the pressure. Two minutes less in the shower could save 46,000 gallons of water per year!

  • A full bath tub can require 70 gallons of water, while taking a 5-minute shower uses only 10 to 25 gallons.

    • A full bathtub needs 70 gallons to fill, fill the tub halfway or less.

    • When running a bath, plug the tub before turning on the water and adjust the temperature as it fills.

  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes to make the most of the washing cycle.

    • Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand.

    • Install a water and energy efficient dishwasher and save 3-8 gallons per load.

    • If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rising. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.

    • When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.

    • Install aerators on the kitchen faucet to reduce flows to 1.5 gallons per minute or less.

    • Don't use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator.

    • Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the fridge instead of running the tap.

    • If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don't throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.

  • Replace your old washing machine with a high-efficiency model and use up to 50% less water and electricity.

  • Installing a low-flow aerator is one of the most cost-effective ways to save water. You can increase the faucet's efficiency by 30% without sacrificing performance.

  • Repair dripping faucets.

    • A drip rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.

    • A constant running toilet can waste 72,800 GALLONS, that’s equal to over 4 backyard pools of water.

    • A showerhead leaking at 10 DRIPS per minute wastes more than 500 GALLONS per year. That’s equal to 60 LOADS of dishes.

Energy

UNPLUG YOUR ELECTRONICS

The “phantom load” is when appliances consume energy even when you are not using them. This can cost you $100 or more per year! You can prevent this by directly unplugging electronics or by plugging into a power strip / surge protector and switching it off when you leave the room.

 ADJUST YOUR THERMOSTAT

It’s as easy as wearing a sweater in winter and setting the air conditioner thermostat up a couple degrees while your away for the day in the summer. Try getting a smart thermostat if you can to save big on heating/cooling bills as well as conserve energy.