checklist of conservation ideas for the home
& brushing teeth
you leave the water running while you shave or brush your
teeth, you are wasting a gallon a minute! Stopper the
sink and fill the basin half way when you shave, and you
use just ? a gallon! Turn off the water while brushing
uses more water, a shower or a tub bath? That depends! A
partially filled tub uses less water than a long shower,
but a short shower with a low flow showerhead uses much
less than a brimful tub! You can compare for yourself.
Try plugging the tub while you shower and see how high
the water gets. Make a habit of showering quickly or
using a partially filled tub. Or try the "navy shower."
Turn on the water to get wet, turn it off to soap up, and
turn it back on to rinse off. It's a great conservation
technique, especially in drought emergencies.
plants & fish tanks
you have a fish tank, you probably clean it regularly.
Use the dirty water to water your house plants. It saves
using the same water twice, and the plants love the
water, which is rich in nitrogen and
washing machines use 40 or more gallons whether you're
washing a full load, or only a few pairs of socks. Use
full washloads, especially for older machines. If your
machine is adjustable, use the proper setting. You'll
save electricity as well as water.
you like to rinse off vegetables and fruits, stopper the
sink instead of using running water. And when you're
finished, turn on the garbage disposal as you pull the
plug, rather than running water just for the
is more efficient, washing dishes in the sink or in a
dishwasher? You can check by testing how much water your
full sink basin holds compared with the 9.5 to 12 gallons
dishwashers use during a regular cycle. Either way, it is
more water efficient to wash full loads. If you do wash
dishes by hand, stopper the sink and run the disposal as
you pull the plug.
you wash your car at home? Use a bucket, or a hose with a
trigger nozzle to avoid wasting water. Wet the car
thoroughly, and then turn off the hose while you wash the
car! Swab the car with soapy water from a bucket. You can
use the hose again for a final rinse. Better still, take
your car to a car wash. Most of the car washes on Maui
are fitted with recirculating water.
a cold glass of water
a pitcher of cool water in the refrigerator. Running the
water until it turns cool can waste a gallon for each
glass. Letting the water sit in the fridge can also allow
any chlorine to dissipate, and improve the
use the toilet for trash
people toss and flush away tissues, cigarettes or bits of
trash in the toilet. Use a wastebasket instead. If
everyone in the U.S. flushed just once less per day, we
could save a sea full of water a mile wide, a mile long,
and four feet deep, every day!