Install low-flow faucet aerators. Each low-flow aerator can save up to
40 therms per year and 13,000 gallons of water with regular usage - that equates to savings of $100 per year.
Don't let the water run while shaving, brushing your teeth or doing dishes.
Use the energy-saver selection on your dishwasher and run it only when it's full.
Wash in cold water. If you have a clothes washer, wash in cold water whenever possible.
Use low-flow shower heads. Based on one 10-minute shower per day, a low-flow or water-saving shower head can save you up to 10,000 gallons of water a year and reduce your energy cost of heating the water also by as much as 50%.
Ask your landlord to fix any leaky faucets. A drip can waste up to 48 gallons of water per week. If it's a hot water faucet that's leaking, you're probably losing over a tank of hot water per week. That's at least a couple of showers down the drain.
Turn down the thermostat on your water heater to a temperature of 120 degrees. If you have a dishwasher, check to make sure this lower temperature will clean the dishes properly.
When you leave on vacation, turn down the temperature on your water heater. It will take a half hour or so to reheat the water, but you'll save energy all the time you're away.
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