Indoor Conservation Tips
In the kitchen
- Fill up your dishwasher before running a cleaning cycle.
- Fix leaky faucets.
- Put a plug in the sink when running water to wash fruits and veggies or for rinsing dishes.
- Avoid using running water to defrost frozen food. Allow it to defrost overnight in the refrigerator or use your microwave to defrost food straight from the freezer.
- Check that all taps are turned off properly.
- Keep a water jug or bottle in your fridge instead of running the tap cold to get a cool drink of water.
- Use a pressure cooker, microwave, or steamer to save water. Simmer rather than boil your food and use tight lids to prevent evaporation.
- Water used to cook boiled food can be re-used in soups or casseroles – or let it cool down and use it to water your garden.
- Your plants will appreciate food scraps added to the compost heap! A lot of water is wasted running a waste disposal unit.
In the bathroom
- Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Have showers instead of baths and keep your shower short.
- Don’t use the toilet to flush items such as tissues or anything else that should go in the trash can.
- Check your toilet for leaks.
In the laundry
- Make sure you do a full load or use the water filling guide depending on the amount of washing.
- Front-load washing machines use 50% less water than top loaders
Outdoor Conservation Tips
In the garden
- Collect water in drums or tanks from roof runoff.
- Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning.
- Don’t water on windy days: much of the water will evaporate and/or go where you don’t need it.
- Check the forecast - if there's rain ahead, let it water for you.
- Check your garden hose and taps regularly for leaks and use a trigger nozzle on the hose to reduce water loss.
- Use recycled water (also known as grey water) that you have collected in your home to water your garden.
- Use a trigger hose to water the garden, not a sprinkler, to control where and how much water is used. Also, aim for the roots, not the leaves.
- Plant drought-resistant species in your garden. Native plants require less water than exotic plants.
- Do not worry about the lawn drying out over the summer as it will rejuvenate naturally with cooler and wetter weather.
- Do not water your lawn on windy days.
- Wash your car on the lawn so your lawn gets watered too.
- Don’t cut the lawns too short. Lawns with more grass blades will hold water and require less irrigation.
- Don't hose the dirt off your driveway, use a broom instead.
- Use a bucket to wash the house or windows.
- Make sure you check for leaks consistently and repair them if necessary.