Indoor Conservation Tips

General Indoor Tips

  • Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It's simple, inexpensive, and can save significant gallons of water a week.
  • Teach your children to turn the faucets off tightly after each use.
  • Make sure there are aerators on all of your faucets.
  • Insulate hot water pipes so you don't have to run as much water to get hot water to the faucet.
  • When you clean your fish tank, use the water you've drained on your plants. The water is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, providing you with a free and effective fertilizer.
  • When you give your pet fresh water, don't throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.
  • While staying in a hotel or even at home, consider reusing your towels.

KITCHEN

  • When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • Let your pots and pans soak instead of letting the water run while you clean them.
  • Install an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don't have to let the water run while it heats up.
  • Cut back on rinsing dishes if your dishwasher is new. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
  • For cold drinks keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
  • Select one glass to use for drinking each day. If you do this, your dishwasher will take longer to fill up and it will not need to be run as frequently.
  • Thaw foods in the refrigerator or in a bowl of hot water instead of using running water.
  • Whenever possible, steam food in as little water as possible instead of boiling; this will also retain more of the nutrients.
  • Select the proper size pans for cooking. Large pans require more cooking water than may be necessary.
  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost trimmings and peelings from fruits and vegetables instead and save gallons every time.
  • Wash your produce in the sink or a pan that is partially filled with water instead of running water from the tap; reuse the water to water houseplants.
  • If you accidentally drop ice cubes when filling your glass from the freezer, don't throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.

BATHROOM

  • Install ultra-low flush or dual flush toilets. The City of Cotati offers rebates for any such retrofits; for more information on this program, visit the link Residential Toilet Retrofits.
  • Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Listen for dripping faucets and toilets that flush themselves. Fixing a leak can save 500 gallons each month.
  • Make sure your toilet flapper doesn't stick open after flushing.
  • If your toilet was installed prior to 1980, place a standard size brick or bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to cut down on the amount of water used for each flush. Be sure these devices do not interfere with operating parts.
  • Drop your tissue in the trash instead of flushing it and save water every time.
  • When you are washing your hands, don't let the water run while you lather.
  • Plug the bathtub before turning the water on then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
  • If your shower can fill a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, then replace it with a water-efficient showerhead. They're inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.
  • Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up or runs. Use this water to flush toilets or water plants.
  • Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You'll save up to 1000 gallons a month.
  • To save water and time, consider washing your face or brushing your teeth while in the shower.
  • Turn off the water while you brush your.
  • Turn off the water while you shave and you can save more than 100 gallons a week.
  • Turn the water off while you shampoo and condition your hair and you can save more than 50 gallons a week.

LAUNDRY AND APPLIANCES

  • Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full and you could save 1000 gallons a month.
  • When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
  • When you shop for a new appliance, consider one offering cycle and load size adjustments. They are more water and energy-efficient than older appliances.
  • Choose new water-saving appliances, like washing machines that save up to 20 gallons per load. The City also offers rebates to homes that replace their washing machines with high efficiency machines; for more information on this program, visit the link Residential Clothes Washer Rebates.