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.