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Lower Your Flow: 10 Ways to Save Water at Home

Save water at home with these tips for reducing household water use.
By Natural Home Staff
January/February 2011
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Reduce your water consumption with these 10 tips.


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A family of four uses 400 gallons of water every day. The EPA recommends these ways to save.

1.Wash only full loads of laundry, or use the appropriate water-level or load-size selection. Wash in cold water.
 
2.Turn off water while shaving or brushing teeth.

3. Take short showers instead of baths.

4. Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.

5. Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the dishwasher. Wash only full loads.

6. Repair all leaks. A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons a day. To test your toilet, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait a few minutes. If coloring appears in the toilet bowl, you have a leak.
 
7. Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day (early morning is best).

8. Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only, not the street or sidewalk.
 
9. Keep your yard healthy by dethatching, mulching and using natural fertilizers.

10. Sweep outside instead of using a hose.

Resources 

Appliances 

Asko 

Kohler 

Miele 

Whirlpool 

Fixtures 

American Standard 

Danco 

Delta 

Kohler 

Moen 

Lawn and Garden 

Clean Air Gardening 

Mr. Soaker Hose 

NatureMill 
compost bins 

Rain Bird 
weather-smart irrigation system 

Weathermatic 
weather-smart irrigation system   

Information 

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency 

Energy Star 

WaterSense 

 

For more information on saving water at home, check out the articles "Save Water, Save Energy: How Reducing Water Use Can Save Electricity" and "10 Water-Saving Home Products."








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