Water Conservation CHECKLIST AM Conservation'

Water Conservation CHECKLIST
AM Conservation’s Printable Water
Conservation Checklist for Homeowners
When it comes to conserving water at home, it is difficult to know where to start. There are so many ways to
reduce water use, but every home faces different opportunities and challenges. Wouldn’t it be useful for your
customers to have a complete checklist of all the ways to conserve water at home?
We thought so! We put together a comprehensive checklist containing simple things that your customers can do
to conserve more water.
There is no exact order in which the checklist items should be followed: we’d suggest your customers go through
the list and check-off the items that they have either already completed or that do not apply to their unique
situation. Once they’ve done that, they will be left with a list of actionable items that they can tackle.
This list is divided into the following sections: plumbing, laundry, bathroom, kitchen, and outdoors.
Plumbing
Inspect all piping and faucets for leaks.
I nstall reduced-flow showerheads. Make sure
that they are rated to use less than 2.5 gallons
per minute.
T
urn off all water before going away on
vacation. This will eliminate the possibility of
leaks while you are away.
I f you have water softening equipment, make
sure it is not regenerating and backwashing
excessively. If it is using too much water, you
can reserve its use for kitchen use, bathing, and
laundry by installing a bypass line. This would
allow you to use untreated water for all other
purposes.
I nsulate all hot water pipes. Having to clear
the “hot” line of cooled water is wasteful.
This will reduce occurrences of hot water in
the pipes getting cold over time and needing
to be flushed.
I nstall a circulating hot water system. These
are a more efficient option.
M
ake sure that members of the household
understand the importance of always turning
water faucets off quickly and tightly.
Check all toilets for leaks. To do this, use a
Leak Detection Tablet in your toilet tank. If the
color is visible in the bowl, you have a leak and
should make the necessary repairs.
Replace older toilets with toilets that use
less than 1.6 gallons per flush.
I f replacing old toilets is not an option, you
can reduce the water required for flushing
some older toilets. Try using a Toilet Tank
Bank™ on your older toilets. It’s a globally
recognized water saving product that is
effective, maintenance free, and user friendly.
Alternatively, adjust the float level of the toilet.
This will reduce the amount of water used to
flush the toilet. Adjust the level only slightly at
first as a test.
Don’t use the toilet as a trash disposal for
bathroom waste.
In the case of an emergency: If the toilet is
not working but needs flushing, use gray
water saved from household cleaning or
bathing. Put the water in the toilet bowl,
not the tank (this could damage your toilet
further).
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Water Conservation CHECKLIST
Laundry
O
nly use the washer with a full load OR use a
lower water setting.
R
eplace old washers with an Energy Star®
appliance that uses between 18 and 25 gallons
per load. Older washers use up to 40 gallons per
load.
D
on’t wash clothes more often than necessary.
Double-check clothing before washing. Washing
clothes more often than necessary wastes water
and increases wear on clothes.
E
ncourage your kids to change into playclothes when they get home from school. This
way, school clothing and play clothing can be worn
several times before needing to be washed.
B
oth clothing and household items do not
need to be washed separately.
I n the case of an emergency: You can save
even more water by siphoning gray water
from the washing machine into a large
container. This water could be used to flush
the toilet or water plants. It should be used as
soon as possible (don’t store the water for longer
than 24 hours).
Bathrooms
G
et used to taking 5-minute showers. Keep it
short and sweet! To keep track of time, try using a
Shower Timer.
R
educe the number of showers you take every
week. To really conserve water, you could replace
some showers with sponge baths using only a
small amount of water in a container.
T
urn off the water while you are applying soap
or shampoo. A shut-off valve could be installed
to stop the flow without affecting the water
temperature.
Turn off the water while shaving, brushing
teeth, etc.
In the case of an emergency: Close the bathtub
drain so that shower water stays in the tub.
This water could be reused for flushing the toilet or
watering outdoor plants.
In the Kitchen
Use a bowl of water to peel and clean
vegetables and fruits.
To get warm water in the sink, turn on the
hot water first, and then add cold water as
necessary. You will get warm water faster than
turning on the tap and waiting for the right water
temperature.
Limit your use of the garbage disposal. To do
this, save food scraps and run the disposal only
once to dispose of your waste. Even better, you
could place foods scraps in a compost bin rather
than a garbage disposal.
When boiling water or cooking food in a pot,
use a tight-fitting lid. This will prevent water
from boiling away. It will also boil water or cook
food faster.
Or, use a tea kettle to boil water.
Avoid overcooking and water loss by timing
the cooking process.
Use an appropriate pan size. Larger pans need
more water for cooking.
Use a pressure cooker to save water.
They can also save you valuable time.
Save leftover vegetable juices for soups
or stews.
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In the Kitchen (cont.)
U
se syrups and juices from canned goods
to save water.
O
nly run the dishwasher with a full load.
Instead, use a Dish Squeegee™ and help save
water when you scrape leftovers off of dishes
instead of rinsing them.
I f washing by hand, save water by using one
sink of soapy water and a second sink of hot
water for rinsing.
Outdoor use
If you use a garden hose to hose down your
car, wash it less often to save water.
Or, use a bucket of warm soapy water to
remove dirt from the car, and then hose
it down only as a final rinse.
Even better, wash your car when it’s raining
for a free rinse!
For outdoor pools, be sure to cover them
to prevent evaporation when not in use.
K
eep chilled water in a bottle in the
refrigerator rather than running the tap
for cold water to serve at dinner. You can
shake the bottle before serving to ensure the
water does not taste flat.
C
lean your swimming pool filter often
to prevent having to change the water.
I n the case of an emergency: Refrigerate
water in clean plastic or glass jugs with
tight-fitting lids.
P
lan your landscape and gardens to
minimize the need for water.
Never use a hose to clean garage floors,
sidewalks, or a driveway: use a broom instead!
AM Conservation Group, Inc | 2301, Charleston Regional Parkway | Charleston, SC 29492
| Phone: 1.888.866.1624