Energy & Water Conservation Tips
Water conservation tips
- Toilets can account for almost 30% of all indoor water use more than any other fixture or appliance. Replace an old toilet with a new model and save 7,900 to 21,700 gallons of water per year. This way, you are cutting both your water and wastewater bills.
- Use a water efficient dual flush toilet instead of the single flush toilet. Remember: half flush for liquid wastes and full flush for solid wastes. The former uses only 1.5 liters of water while the latter takes up 3 liters.
- Leaks cost money. Find them, fix them and save money. Power Water recommends taking the 2-step leak check: look at your water meter before bed. If the reading has changed substantially by morning, you have a leak. Try this every time you get your bill.
- Don’t use the toilet as a trash can. Dispose used tissue papers on the waste bin.
- Take a quick shower rather than a bath and save an average of 20 gallons of water. The third highest use of indoor water is bathing, and because most of us like to use warm water when we bathe, it is also the second highest use of energy in the home.
- Convert to water and energy saving faucets and showerheads.
- Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth or shaving as it saves 19 liters a day.
- When washing the dishes, rinse them in a sink partially filled with clean water instead of under running water. This saves 30 liters every 15 minutes.
- Use an energy efficient washing machine. Energy efficient appliances are usually water efficient too.
- Only wash your clothes when you have full loads.
- Water your plants during the coolest part of the day. As much as 30% of water can be lost to evaporation by watering plants during midday.
- When choosing plants for your garden, keep in mind that smaller ones require less water.
- Wash your car with a bucket of soapy water and use a nozzle to stop the flow of water from the hose between rinsing.
- Clean driveways and sidewalks with a broom instead of the hose.
- Whenever possible, compost food scraps or dispose of them in the garbage instead of using the garbage disposal that requires a high level of water for operation.
- Turn off the lights when not in use.
- Avoid the “phantom load.” Appliances such as your TV, DVD player, cellphone charger, etc. consume energy just by being plugged in. Unplug them when not in use.
- Power down your computer when not in use. For desktops, turn off the monitor when you are not using it.
- Wash your clothes in cold water. It works just as well as warm water, will keep colors from bleeding and saves energy that would have gone to heating the water.
- Avoid using certain appliances such as washing machines and dryers, irons and ovens during peak hours – 12 noon until 4pm, an 8pm to 11pm.
- Replace electric cookers with induction cookers to reduce electricity consumption. Also, cook more at the same time.
- You can save some energy and money by modifying your cooking habits. Whenever possible, keep pots and pans covered. You will save fuel and shorten cooking time as well.
- When you turn off the television or set top receiver with the remote control, the devices still remain connected to the power source adding to your power usage. It is best to switch off the main power source to devices.
- Regularly clean and replace filters to air conditioning units and appliances.
- Using the proper flame height conserves fuel. The low flame setting is best for delicate sauces and milk, melting butter and cooking for small amounts of food. At a medium rate you can maintain a consistent boil, simmer, cook, fry or brown foods.
- The highest flame setting should be reserved for a quick boil, stir frying or rapid cooking.
- Use the microwave to provide a quick and efficient alternative to oven cooking. Foods cook for a fraction of the energy and time.
- Turn refrigerator setting to above 37 degrees. Your refrigerator that runs 24 hours a day accounts for about 15% of your total home electricity bill. Check and clean the coils on the back or bottom of your refrigerator regularly, don’t make it work harder than necessary.
- Don’t over dry clothes – it wastes energy, causes shrinkage and shortens the life of the clothes.
- Separate lightweight from heavyweight fabrics for faster, more even drying.
- Dry two or more loads in a row, taking advantage of the heat still in the dryer from the first load.