Indoor Tips

Kitchen

  1. #1

    There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.

  2. #2

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

  3. #3

    Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy.

  4. #4

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

  5. #5

    Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.

  6. #6

    Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.

  7. #7

    Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.

  8. #8

    Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

  9. #9

    Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.

  10. #10

    Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.

  11. #11

    Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.

  12. #12

    Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup, it’s one more way to get eight glasses of water a day.

  13. #13

    Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.

  14. #14

    Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.

  15. #15

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

  16. #16

    Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water house plants.

  17. #17

    When shopping for a new dishwasher, use the Consortium for Energy Efficiency website to compare water use between models.

Laundry Room

  1. #18

    When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.

  2. #19

    Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.

  3. #20

    When shopping for a new washing machine, compare resource savings among Energy Star models. Some can save up to 20 gallons of water per load.

  4. #21

    Have a plumber re-route your greywater to trees and plants rather than the sewer line. Check with your city and county for codes.

  5. #22

    When buying a washer, check the Consortium for Energy Efficiency website to compare water use between models.

Bathroom

  1. #23

    If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a WaterSense® labeled model.

  2. #24

    Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.

  3. #25

    Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1,000 gallons per month.

  4. #26

    Toilet leaks can be silent! Be sure to test your toilet for leaks at least once a year.

  5. #27

    Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix it and start saving gallons.

  6. #28

    When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills.

  7. #29

    Upgrade older toilets with water-saving WaterSense® labeled models.

  8. #30

    If your toilet flapper doesn’t close properly after flushing, replace it.

  9. #31

    Use a WaterSense® labeled showerhead. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.

  10. #32

    Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute. That’s up to 200 gallons a week for a family of four.

  11. #33

    If your toilet was installed before 1992, purchasing a WaterSense® labeled toilet can reduce the amount of water used for each flush.

  12. #34

    Consider buying a dual-flush toilet. It has two flush options: a half-flush for liquid waste and a full-flush for solid waste.

  13. #35

    Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor and save up to 300 gallons a month.

  14. #36

    Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month.

  15. #37

    When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.

  16. #38

    Take 5-minute showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water.

  17. #39

    Install water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.

  18. #40

    Drop tissues in the trash instead of flushing them and save water every time.

  19. #41

    Look for WaterSense® labeled toilets, sink faucets, urinals and showerheads.

  20. #42

    One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day! Check your faucets and showerheads for leaks.

  21. #43

    While you wait for hot water, collect the running water and use it to water plants.

General Indoor

  1. #44

    Teach children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.

  2. #45

    Watch the Home Water Challenge video or use the Home Water Audit Calculator to see where you can save water.

  3. #46

    When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it most.

  4. #47

    Encourage your school system and local government to develop and promote water conservation among children and adults.

  5. #48

    Play fun games while learning how to save water!

  6. #49

    Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.

  7. #50

    Learn how to use your water meter to check for leaks.

  8. #51

    Reward kids for the water-saving tips they follow.

  9. #52

    Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.

  10. #53

    Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons a week.

  11. #54

    Hire a GreenPlumber® to help reduce your water, energy, and chemical use.

  12. #55

    Be a leak detective! Check all hoses, connectors, and faucets regularly for leaks.

  13. #56

    We’re more likely to notice leaky faucets indoors, but don’t forget to check outdoor faucets, pipes, and hoses.

  14. #57

    See a leak you can’t fix? Tell a parent, teacher, employer, or property manager, or call a handyman.

  15. #58

    At home or while staying in a hotel, reuse your towels.

  16. #59

    Make suggestions to your employer or school about ways to save water and money.

  17. #60

    Run your washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.

  18. #61

    See how your water use stacks up to others by calculating your daily water use.

Outdoor Tips

Xeriscape Landscaping

  1. #62

    Use porous material for walkways and patios to prevent wasteful runoff and keep water in your yard.

  2. #63

    Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid overwatering some while underwatering others.

  3. #64

    Choose the right Arizona-friendly plants and watch them thrive in our desert environment.

  4. #65

    Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs and ground covers appropriate to your site and region.

  5. #66

    Plant species native to your region.

  6. #67

    Plant in the spring and fall, when the watering requirements are lower.

  7. #68

    When sprucing up your front or backyard, consider xeriscaping. This landscape method uses low-water-use plants to limit your water use.

  8. #69

    Consider attending a landscape class hosted by a water provider. Most workshops occur in the spring and fall.

  9. #70

    Avoid planting grass in areas that are hard to water, such as steep inclines and isolated strips along sidewalks and driveways.

  10. #71

    Leave lower branches on trees and shrubs and allow leaf litter to accumulate on the soil. This keeps the soil cooler and reduces evaporation.

  11. #72

    Start a compost pile. Using compost in your garden or flower beds adds water-holding organic matter to the soil.

  12. #73

    Use a layer of organic mulch on the surface of your planting beds to minimize weed growth that competes for water.

  13. #74

    Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants helps them retain moisture, saving water, time and money.

  14. #75

    Use 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons of water a year.

  15. #76

    Visit your local xeriscape garden to view plants that thrive in our hot desert environment.

  16. #77

    Next time you add or replace a flower or shrub, choose a low-water-use plant and save up to 550 gallons each year.

  17. #78

    Call your local conservation office for more information about xeriscaping with water-thrifty trees, plants, and ground covers.

  18. #79

    Collect water from your roof by installing gutters and downspouts. Direct the runoff to plants and trees.

  19. #80

    For automatic water savings, direct water from rain gutters and HVAC systems to water-loving plants in your landscape.

Lawn Care

  1. #81

    Hire a qualified pro to install your irrigation system and keep it working properly and efficiently.

  2. #82

    Hire a Smartscape Certified professional landscaper who has received landscape training specific to the Sonoran Desert.

  3. #83

    Adjust your lawn mower to the height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Taller grass shades roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass.

  4. #84

    Leave lawn clippings on your grass, this cools the ground and holds in moisture.

  5. #85

    If installing a lawn, select a lawn mix or blend that matches your climate and site conditions.

  6. #86

    Aerate your lawn periodically. Holes every six inches will allow water to reach the roots, rather than run off the surface.

  7. #87

    If walking across the lawn leaves footprints (blades don’t spring back up), then it is time to water.

  8. #88

    Let your lawn go dormant (brown) during the winter. Dormant grass only needs to be watered every three to four weeks, less if it rains.

  9. #89

    Avoid overseeding your lawn with winter grass. Ryegrass needs water every few days, whereas Dormant Bermuda grass needs water monthly.

  10. #90

    Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light and water.

  11. #91

    While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.

  12. #92

    Water your summer lawns once every three days and your winter lawn once every five days.

  13. #93

    Catch water in an empty tuna can to measure sprinkler output. 3/4 to 1 inch of water is enough to apply each time you irrigate.

Landscape

  1. #94

    Read the Landscape Watering by the Numbers guidebook to help you determine how long and how much to water.

  2. #95

    Use a trowel, shovel, or soil probe to examine soil moisture depth. If the top two to three inches of soil are dry, it’s time to water.

  3. #96

    Set a kitchen timer when using the hose as a reminder to turn it off. A running hose can discharge up to 10 gallons per minute.

  4. #97

    Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.

  5. #98

    Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.

  6. #99

    Timing is everything when it comes to irrigation. Learn how to set your controller properly.

  7. #100

    Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.

  8. #101

    Learn how to shut off your automatic watering system in case of malfunctions or rain.

  9. #102

    Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it.

  10. #103

    If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better absorption.

  11. #104

    Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.

  12. #105

    Signs of overwatering: Leaves turn lighter shades of green or yellow, young shoots wilt, and sometimes algae or fungi grow.

  13. #106

    Adjust your watering schedule each month to match seasonal weather conditions and landscape requirements.

  14. #107

    Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so your system won’t run when it’s raining.

  15. #108

    Water dry spot by hand instead of running the whole irrigation system longer.

  16. #109

    Don’t water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.

  17. #110

    Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots, where it’s needed.

  18. #111

    Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.

  19. #112

    Use sprinklers that deliver big drops of water close to the ground. Smaller drops and mist often evaporate before hitting the ground.

  20. #113

    Use a rain barrel to harvest rainwater from gutters for watering gardens and landscapes.

  21. #114

    For hanging baskets, planters and pots, put ice cubes on top of the soil to give your plants a cool drink of water without overflow.

  22. #115

    Remember to periodically check your sprinkler system valves for leaks, and to keep sprinkler heads in good shape.

  23. #116

    Spring is a great time to give your irrigation system a checkup to ensure it’s working efficiently.

  24. #117

    Pruning properly can help your plants use water more efficiently.

Pool

  1. #118

    Use a pool cover to help keep your pool clean, reduce chemical use and prevent water loss through evaporation.

  2. #119

    Make sure your swimming pools, fountains and ponds are equipped with recirculating pumps.

  3. #120

    If you have an automatic refilling device, check your pool periodically for leaks.

  4. #121

    When back-washing your pool, consider using the water on salt-tolerant plants in the landscape.

  5. #122

    Minimize or eliminate the use of waterfalls and sprays in your pool. Aeration increases evaporation.

  6. #123

    Don’t overfill the pool. Lower water levels will reduce water loss due to splashing.

  7. #124

    Keep water in the pool when playing, it will save water.

  8. #125

    Instead of building a private pool, join a community pool.

  9. #126

    Trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation than those that spray water into the air.

  10. #127

    Use a grease pencil to conduct a bucket test to check for pool leaks. An unnatural water level drop may indicate a leak.

General Outdoor

  1. #128

    Winterize outdoor spigots when temperatures dip below freezing to prevent pipes from leaking or bursting.

  2. #129

    For more immediate hot water and energy savings, insulate hot water pipes.

  3. #130

    Use a commercial car wash that recycles water. Or, wash your car on the lawn, and you’ll water your grass at the same time.

  4. #131

    Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water while you wash your car. You’ll save up to 100 gallons every time.

  5. #132

    Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.

  6. #133

    When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your non-edible plants.

  7. #134

    When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.

  8. #135

    Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways, and save water every time.

  9. #136

    Evaporative coolers require a seasonal maintenance check. For more efficient cooling, check your evaporative cooler annually.

  10. #137

    If you have an evaporative cooler, direct the water drain to plants in your landscape.

  11. #138

    Set water softeners for a minimum number of refills to save both water and chemicals, plus energy, too.

  12. #139

    If you have an evaporative cooler, install a recirculating pump to keep water from bleeding off with one pass.

  13. #140

    Report broken pipes, leaky hydrants and errant sprinklers to property owners or your local water provider.

  14. #141

    Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. Were a pipe to burst, this could save gallons of water and prevent damage.

  15. #142

    Install a thermostat and timer on your evaporative cooler so it only operates when necessary.

Office

  1. #10

    Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.

  2. #29

    Upgrade older toilets with water-saving WaterSense® labeled models.

  3. #39

    Install water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.

  4. #41

    Look for WaterSense® labeled toilets, sink faucets, urinals and showerheads.

  5. #54

    Hire a GreenPlumber® to help reduce your water, energy, and chemical use.

  6. #143

    Some commercial refrigerators and ice-makers are cooled with water. Upgrade to air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.

  7. #144

    Post a hotline in bathrooms and kitchens to report leaks or water waste to facility managers or maintenance personnel.

  8. #145

    Create a suggestion and incentives system at your organization to recognize water-saving ideas.

  9. #146

    Include a water-saving tip in your employee newsletter. Find 100+ tips at wateruseitwisely.com.

  10. #147

    Implement a water management plan for your facility, then educate employees on good water habits through newsletters and posters.

  11. #148

    Publish your organization’s monthly water use to show progress toward water-saving goals.

  12. #149

    Invite your water utility conservation staff to your organization for Earth Day and other environmental events to help promote water savings.

  13. #150

    Water audit your facility to find out your recommended water use, then monitor your utility bills to gauge your monthly consumption.

  14. #151

    Have maintenance personnel regularly check your facilities for leaks, drips and other water waste.

  15. #152

    If you use processed water in your business or facility, look into water recycling.

  16. #153

    Contact your water utility to see if rebates are available for purchasing water-efficient fixtures, equipment or for facility audits.

  17. #154

    Consider and compare water use when purchasing ice makers, dishwashers, reverse osmosis units, coolers and cleaning equipment.

  18. #155

    Become or appoint a water ambassador within your organization who creates, implements and maintains your water conservation program.

  19. #156

    Become a proud WaterSense® partner and let all your customers know.

  20. #157

    As part of the WaterSense® Fix-A-Leak Week in March, plan an employee campaign to look for leaks.

  21. #158

    Determine how your on-site water is being used by installing sub-meters where feasible, then monitoring for savings.

  22. #159

    Conduct a facility water use inventory and identify water management goals.

  23. #160

    Don’t forget hidden water use costs, like energy for pumping, heating and cooling, chemical treatment, and damage and sewer expenses.

  24. #161

    Show your company’s dedication to water conservation through a policy statement. Commit management, staff and resources to the effort.

  25. #162

    Shut off water to unused areas of your facility to eliminate waste from leaks or unmonitored use.

  26. #163

    Create a goal of how much water your company can save and plan a celebration once that goal is met.

  27. #164

    Ask employees for suggestions on saving water and give prizes for the best ideas. Incentivize it!

  28. #165

    Write feature articles on your employee website that highlight water-saving ideas and successes.

  29. #166

    Test your co-workers or employees on topics like xeriscape, WaterSense®, and high-efficiency toilets. See how water-wise they are.

  30. #167

    Hire a WaterSense® irrigation partner to help with your landscape.

  31. #168

    Saving water on your landscape adds up quickly. Send the person in charge of your landscape to an irrigation workshop.

  32. #169

    Marry the weather with your landscape water use. Water use should decrease during rainy periods and increase during hot, dry periods.

  33. #170

    Visit your local Water Conservation office’s website to get information on programs available to businesses.

  34. #171

    Make sure your contract plumber and/or maintenance personnel knows about GreenPlumbers®.

  35. #172

    Ask your company to support water conservation events and education. ProjectWet hosts local events throughout the country.

  36. #173

    Support Tap Into Quality and forgo those plastic water bottles to lower your carbon footprint.

  37. #174

    Scrape dishes rather than rinsing them before washing.

  38. #175

    Use water-conserving icemakers.

  39. #176

    A recent study showed that 99% of business managers surveyed ranked water conservation as a “top five” priority over the next decade.

  40. #177

    If your facility relies on cooling towers, have maintenance maximize cycles of concentration by providing efficient water treatment.

  41. #178

    Be sure your irrigation system is watering only the areas intended, with no water running onto walks, streets or down the gutter.

  42. #179

    While cleaning sidewalks, a hose and nozzle use 8-12 gallons of water per minute. A pressurized Waterbroom® uses closer to 3 gallons.

  43. #180

    Inspect your landscape irrigation system regularly for leaks or broken sprinkler heads and adjust pressures to specification.

  44. #181

    Give your landscape proper amounts of irrigation water. Determine water needs, water deeply but infrequently, and adjust to the season.

  45. #182

    Establish a monthly water budget for your landscape based on the water needs of your plants.

  46. #183

    Limit turf areas at your facility. Instead, landscape using xeriscape principles to cut water use in half.

  47. #184

    Put decorative fountains on timers and use only during work or daylight hours. Check for leaks if you have automatic refilling devices.

  48. #185

    Wash company vehicles at commercial car washers that recycle water.

  49. #186

    Wash company vehicles as needed rather than on a schedule. Stretch out the time in between washes.

  50. #187

    Consider turning your high-maintenance water feature/fountain into a low-maintenance art feature or planter.

  51. #188

    When buying new appliances, consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments. They are more water and energy efficient.

  52. #189

    Support projects that use reclaimed wastewater for irrigation and industrial uses.

  53. #190

    When ice cubes are leftover from your drink, don’t throw them out. Pour them on a plant.

Kids

  1. #1

    There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.

  2. #2

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

  3. #5

    Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.

  4. #8

    Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

  5. #11

    Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.

  6. #15

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

  7. #18

    When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.

  8. #19

    Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.

  9. #24

    Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.

  10. #25

    Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1,000 gallons per month.

  11. #32

    Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute. That’s up to 200 gallons a week for a family of four.

  12. #36

    Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month.

  13. #37

    When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.

  14. #38

    Take 5-minute showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water.

  15. #40

    Drop tissues in the trash instead of flushing them and save water every time.

  16. #42

    One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day! Check your faucets and showerheads for leaks.

  17. #44

    Teach children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.

  18. #45

    Watch the Home Water Challenge video or use the Home Water Audit Calculator to see where you can save water.

  19. #46

    When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it most.

  20. #47

    Encourage your school system and local government to develop and promote water conservation among children and adults.

  21. #48

    Play fun games while learning how to save water!

  22. #49

    Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.

  23. #50

    Learn how to use your water meter to check for leaks.

  24. #51

    Reward kids for the water-saving tips they follow.

  25. #52

    Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.

  26. #55

    Be a leak detective! Check all hoses, connectors, and faucets regularly for leaks.

  27. #57

    See a leak you can’t fix? Tell a parent, teacher, employer, or property manager, or call a handyman.

  28. #58

    At home or while staying in a hotel, reuse your towels.

  29. #59

    Make suggestions to your employer or school about ways to save water and money.

  30. #60

    Run your washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.

  31. #123

    Don’t overfill the pool. Lower water levels will reduce water loss due to splashing.

  32. #124

    Keep water in the pool when playing, it will save water.

  33. #131

    Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water while you wash your car. You’ll save up to 100 gallons every time.

  34. #132

    Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.

  35. #133

    When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your non-edible plants.

  36. #134

    When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.

  37. #135

    Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways, and save water every time.