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Kids conservaton tips

  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • 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.
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
  • 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.
  • If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
  • When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
  • Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.
  • Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
  • Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1,000 gallons per month.
  • 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.
  • Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month.
  • When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.
  • Take 5-minute showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water.
  • Drop tissues in the trash instead of flushing them and save water every time.
  • One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day! Check your faucets and showerheads for leaks.
  • Teach children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.
  • Watch the Home Water Challenge video or use the Home Water Audit Calculator to see where you can save water.
  • When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it most.
  • Encourage your school system and local government to develop and promote water conservation among children and adults.
  • Play fun games while learning how to save water!
  • Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
  • Learn how to use your water meter to check for leaks.
  • Reward kids for the water-saving tips they follow.
  • Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.
  • Be a leak detective! Check all hoses, connectors, and faucets regularly for leaks.
  • See a leak you can’t fix? Tell a parent, teacher, employer, or property manager, or call a handyman.
  • At home or while staying in a hotel, reuse your towels.
  • Make suggestions to your employer or school about ways to save water and money.
  • Run your washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Don’t overfill the pool. Lower water levels will reduce water loss due to splashing.
  • Keep water in the pool when playing, it will save water.
  • Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water while you wash your car. You’ll save up to 100 gallons every time.
  • Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.
  • When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your non-edible plants.
  • When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways, and save water every time.

 

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