Simple Habits to Reduce Water Consumption

As the holiday season nears and you prepare for festivities, now is a good time to consider simple habits to reduce water consumption around the home. Whether you’ve finalized the holiday menu or are preparing to order-in, here are some simple conservation tips to start and share with friends and family:

• Defrost frozen foods without water. Leaving the faucet on to defrost a frozen ham or turkey will waste extra water. Instead, let your frozen items defrost overnight in the fridge.
• If you have a dishwasher, use it. Washing full loads of dishes saves 5-15 gallons per load and uses significantly less water than washing by hand.
• Rinse veggies and fruits without running the faucet. Fill a large bowl or pan with water to rinse vegetables and fruits rather than running the tap. Use leftover water to water houseplants – including a live Christmas tree if you have one.
• Inspect your bathroom fixtures for malfunctions and leaks before your guests arrive. During the holidays, bathrooms
are likely to experience heavier usage than normal which can lead to more issues.
• Run a full load of laundry. Laundry can increase with table linens and sheets and towels for guests over the holidays. Save time, energy and water by washing items together in full loads only.

Source: saveourwater.com