19 Everyday Water-Saving Tips

Water Saving TipsWater is one of our most precious and limited resources; a resource so precious should not be wasted. Our expert plumbers put together a list of 19 ways you can do your part to help conserve water by reducing your daily usage.

Indoor Water-Saving Tips

1. Only run your dishwasher and washing machine when they are full.
2. Avoid rinsing dishes before placing them into the dishwasher.
3. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one sink with washing water and the other with rinsing water. 
4. Throw food peelings, trimmings and scraps into the garbage or your compost pile instead of down your disposal.
5. Use pans that allow you to prepare, cook and store the food in the same container. (Fewer dishes to clean!)
6. For food safety and water efficiency, don’t thaw frozen foods with running water; defrost them in the refrigerator overnight or in the microwave.
7. Make sure all household faucets have water-saving aerators installed.
8. Shorten your shower by a few minutes a day and save over 150 gallons a month.
9. Find and fix any plumbing leaks in your home. 
10. Upgrade to an inexpensive water-efficient showerhead and save up to 750 gallons a month.
11. Don’t use your toilet as a flushable wastebasket. Save on water and prevent clogs.
12. If you have a toilet manufactured before 1994, consider replacing with a new water-saving low-flush model. You could cut the amount of water used by your toilet in half.

Outdoor Water-Saving Tips

13. Water plants slowly and deeply but more infrequently.
14. Water your lawn in the early morning hours to lessen evaporation.
15. Look for and fix leaks at faucets, sprinklers and hoses.
16. Adjust your watering schedule after a rain. Consider installing a rain sensor that will automatically turn off your irrigation system when it’s raining. 
17. Use a broom to clean your driveway, sidewalk and patio instead of a hose.
18. Put your irrigation system on a timer so you don’t forget to turn the water off.
19. Adjust your sprinklers to make sure they are watering your lawn and not the curb, sidewalk or gravel.
By using these daily water-saving tips, you can help conserve one of our most precious resources as well as save money on your utility bill. 
O’Connor’s Benjamin Franklin is Minnesota’s premier plumber. Contact us online today for your plumbing repair, maintenance or installation needs.

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