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Indoor Tips


Updated: 05/2022


In the Kitchen

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typically use less
water than
washing dishes by
hand. Choose an
Energy Star
dishwasher and save
even more water and
Select one glass or a
refillable water bottle
for your drinking
water each day. This
will cut down on the
number of glasses to
Soak pots and pans
instead of letting the
water run while you
scrape them clean.
Use the garbage
disposal sparingly.
Instead, compost
appropriate vegetable
food waste for your
garden and save
Don’t use running
water to thaw food.
Defrost food in the
refrigerator or use a
Run your dishwasher
only when it’s full.
Collect leftover ice
cubes and the water
you use while rinsing
fruit and vegetables.
Use it to water house

In the Bathroom

Toilet leaks can be
silent! Be sure to test
your toilet for leaks at
least once a year.
When washing your
hands, turn the water
off while you lather.
Install water-saving
aerators on all of
your faucets.
Turn off the water
while you brush your
teeth and save up to
200 gallons a month.
Plug the sink instead
of running the water
while you shave and
save up to 300 gallons
a month.
A 10-minute shower
can use up to 25
gallons of water. Cut
that in half with 5
minute showers.
Turn off the water
while you wash your
hair and save up to
150 gallons a month.
Save up to a gallon
per minute by using a
water efficient
Taking a bath? Plug
the bathtub before
turning on the water
and adjust the
temperature as the
tub fills.
If you have an older
toilet, replace it with
a water efficient

Doing Laundry


When doing laundry,
match the water level
to the size of the load.
An Energy Star
labeled washing
machine uses 25%
less energy and 45%
less water.
Washing dark clothes
in cold water saves
water and energy plus
it helps your clothes
retain their color.

Other Indoor Tips

Wait until it’s hot to
turn on your swamp
coolers or better yet, switch to a
refrigerated unit to
save water.
Protect your pipes
from freezing
temperatures. If a
pipe breaks, turn off
your water at the
meter and call a
licensed plumber to
begin repairs.
Teach children to
turn off faucets
tightly after each use.
Whether at home or
staying in a hotel,
reuse your towels.
Monitor your water
bill for unusually high
use. Your bill and
water meter are tools
that can help you
discover leaks. Learn
how to find leaks.
Be a leak detective!
Check all hoses,
connectors, and
faucets regularly for
Hire a
GreenPlumber® to
help reduce your
water, energy, and
chemical use.
When cleaning out
fish tanks, give the
nutrient-rich water to
your non-edible