Save electricity while cutting water use

Summer is winding down, but it’s still hot outside. And if we haven’t had much rain, it’s important for everyone to conserve water.

Here are a few ways you can save water and conserve electricity at the same time:

  • Do full loads when you use clothes washers or dishwashers.
  • Replace showerheads with low-flow models that save up to five gallons of water a minute.
  • Showers use less water than baths, so shower and keep it short. Fix leaky faucets; small drips add up to big waste.
  • Wash clothes and dishes after dark, when there’s less competition for electricity from your neighbors.
  • Turn the water off while you brush your teeth or shampoo your hair. You can save 200 gallons a week.
  • Save water and reuse it. Collect rainwater, water from your fish tank and even water from half-empty glasses at dinner and use it to water your plants. A caution: Don’t let water stand around unused; it attracts mosquitoes.
  • Cut your grass less often. Longer grass reduces the loss of water to evaporation so your lawn won’t dry out as quickly.
  • If local authorities have not restricted the use of water for gardening, save some anyway by adjusting your sprinklers so the water drops only on your lawn rather than on sidewalks and streets.