Water Energy-Saving Tips
- Install covers on pools and spas to avoid water evaporation.
- Insulate the first 6 feet of hot and cold water pipes. It reduces heat loss and can raise the water temperature 2° - 4°F.
- Don’t use running water to thaw food.
- Plug the bathtub before turning the water on.
- When shopping for a new washing machine, dishwasher, or hot water heater look for Energy Star models. They will save water, energy, and money.
- Install aerating, low-flow faucets and showerheads with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gpm. They’re cheap, easy to install, and save hundreds of gallons a week.
- Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when full. You could save 1,000 gallons a month.
- Soak pots and pans rather than let them sit under running water while you scrape them clean.
- Turn off water while you brush your teeth and save 4 gallons a minute – that’s 10,000 gallons a year for a family of four.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk. You could save up to 80 gallons of water every time.
- Repair leaky faucets promptly.
- Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F. It can save 3% - 5% in energy costs.
- Take short showers instead of baths.
- Consider installing a drain water waste heat recovery system. It could have an energy savings of 25% - 30%.
- Insulate hot water heaters according to manufacturer’s instructions.
- Consider using on-demand natural gas or tankless water heaters.
- You might qualify for tax credits or rebates for buying a solar water heater.