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Ways to Save Money

Save water, save money!  (Inside and outside of your house.)  

In the home:

  • Be attentive for leaks.
  • A dripping faucet can waste between 8 - 15 gallons per day while a leaking toilet can waste HUNDREDS of gallons per day or 73,000 gallons per year!
  • While some leaks are obvious, others can be very hard to detect.  To test for a leak, look at your meter while no water is running in the house.  The meter number should not move.  If it does, you most likely have a leaking faucet or toilet in the house.
  • Reduce toilet usage.
  • Place a glass jar of water in your toilet tank.
  • When appropriate, check to see if any family members need to use the toilet prior to flushing.
  • Take shorter showers...or only partially fill your tub.
  • A daily 10 minute shower will use, on average, 5-8 gallons per minute.  That's 18,250 - 29,200 gallons per year!
  • Change your shower head and faucet fittings to low flow or conservation fittings.
  • An average tub fully filled for a bath holds 70 gallons of water.  That's 25,550 gallons a year if done daily.
  • Don't leave the water running while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing dishes.
  • On average brushing your teeth with the water running wastes 4 gallons while shaving can waste more than twice that amount.
  • Use a full sink of water to wash the dishes, doing all or most prior to rinsing.  Only run the water to rinse your dishes.
  • Make sure your washing machine or dishwasher is fully loaded.
  • Don't rinse your dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.  Simply scrape them off, your dishwasher will do the rest.

Outside the home:

  • Go green!  (check out the environmental links on this page)
  • Utilize rainwater to water your lawn and landscaping.  The system should incorporate a closed vessel that will prevent mosquito breeding and have a method that allows for easy access to a hose.
  • Plant vegetation that doesn't require constant watering.
  • Reduce the size of your lawn through creative landscaping.
  • Water your lawn only when it needs it!
  • To test if your lawn needs water, step on the grass.  If it springs back up, there is no need to water it.
  • Avoid set watering schedules.
  • Water your lawn early in the day.
  • The later you water in the day, the more water you'll lose to evaporation before it can be absorbed by your lawn. 
  • Watering too close to dusk encourages the growth of fungus, mushrooms, etc.
  • Consider your pools, Jacuzzis and hot tubs.
  • When not in use, cover your pool, Jacuzzi or spa to reduce evaporation.
  • Limit over-flows and splashing by maintaining lower water levels.
  • Use the water from wading pools (and regular pools, Jacuzzis and spas if they need to be drained for any reason) to water your lawn and landscaping.  Should you use your swimming pool or spa water, make sure that you negate any remaining chlorine residual prior to using it for irrigation.