Northwood News ♦ February 2012
High Water Bill?
By Jacquie Bokow
Here are some tips to save water in the winter.
- Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when full.
- Turn off the water while you shave and brush your teeth.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost instead.
- Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running tap water, then reuse it to water houseplants.
- If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
- Need a new clothes washer or dishwasher? Buy ones that adjust water use to the cycle and load size.
- If you use a dishwasher, don’t rinse your dishes first; just scrape the food off.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two.
- Upgrade older toilets with water-efficient models.
- When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your plants.
- Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run.
- If your toilet was installed before 1992, insert a displacement device in the tank.
- Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak.
- When running a bath, plug the tub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
- When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
- Don’t flush a dead bug; throw it in the trash instead.