Water Efficiency

Soaker Hose

Soaker hoses water more efficiently by sending moisture straight into the ground, near plants' roots, rather than into the air, where water is lost to evaporation.

Save on the Flush

Consider installing a water-efficient toilet to save water!

Reduce Rinsing

According to Consumer Reports, prerinsing dishes before you put them in the dishwasher wastes up to 20 gallons of water per load, and doesn't get them any cleaner! 

Rain, Rain, Don't Go Away!

Set up a rain barrel to catch rainwater from the gutters of your home or apartment to use for watering plants, flowers, gardens, and washing cars. Try an inexpensive food-grade drum (which you could get from a drum and barrel supplier for around $10). Make sure your container doesn't let in light, though, because clear barrels can speed the growth of algae in the water.

Keep the Pavement Clean

Sustainable landscaping can be more important than you may realize. Anything that washes off your driveway or street (like lawn fertilizer, eroded soil, pet waste, and leaves) runs directly into storm drains and then into our streams, ponds, and lakes. Consider sweeping your grass clippings, leaves, and fertilizer away from driveways and streets to prevent this type of runoff.

Handwash Carefully

If done properly, washing dishes by hand tends to be more energy-efficient than using a dishwasher,– especially for small volumes of dishes. Instead of washing under a running faucet, put a plug in the sink, or use a large, plastic bowl. And to minimize the amount of water used when rinsing, install a low-flow aerator on your kitchen sink faucets. When washing dishes by hand, minimize the number of times you need to change the water by washing the least-dirty items first. 

Consider Native Turf

Sustainable landscaping can prevent a plethora of adverse consequences. Anything that washes off your yard and street (like lawn fertilizer, eroded soil, pet waste, and leaves) runs directly into storm drains and then into our streams, ponds, and lakes. Try to select deep-rooted native grasses for your lawn. Minimal watering and fertilization is needed after planting these.

Be Bucket Smart

Leave a bucket in the shower to fill with "gray water," (water that runs when you are lathering up). You can use this water to wash your car or water your plants (except for plants you intend to eat!).