We are excited to see our reservoirs filling up, but our region is still in a moderate drought. Hopefully, more rain storms make their way to us in the coming months, but until they do, let’s keep saving water together! Here are 3 easy ways to conserve water at home:
- Load Up! Two easy ways to reduce household water use during the drought is to only run full loads of laundry and dishes. While it might be tempting to get certain clothes done faster or run a small load of dishes or wash by hand, the savings can really add up if you practice a little patience.
- Take a 5-minute Power Shower, 5 minutes = 300 seconds = Huge water savings! The average shower uses 2.1 gallons of water per minute. If you cut your daily shower time by even a few minutes, the water savings will quickly add up.
- Upgrade Your Fixtures! A super simple home upgrade that makes a big difference in water savings – choose WaterSense labeled fixtures. WaterSense is an EPA program that offers consumers a simple way to identify water-efficient products. To learn more visit: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/watersense-products
- Dishwashers – With higher efficiency standards, new Energy Star dishwashers use 3.5 gallons of water or less per load. When you upgrade to a high-efficiency dishwasher your water savings (and energy savings) will really add up!
- Washing Machines – New, high-efficiency, clothes washers use far less water than older models. Check here for available rebates: https://www.savingwaterpartnership.org/programs_list/washer-rebate/
- Showerheads – New technology means a high-efficiency showerhead can reduce water use by 20%. That new technology also means strong performance. Upgrade your showerhead, choose a WaterSense labeled fixture, and save water every time you shower!
Find more resources to help you save water including Water Conservation Tools, Water Conservation Actions, and free Water Conservation Assistance, in addition to Water Conservation FAQs on our Water Conservation page.