602 E. Huntington Drive, Suite B., Monrovia, CA, 91016

Indoor Tips

  • Check for drippy faucets: Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. Drips add up. Just one drop per second adds up to 2,700 gallons a year wasted!
  • Showering: Take shorter showers and install low-flow shower heads. Look for the models that allow you to cut-off the flow without adjusting the temperature knobs. A lot of water is wasted when you are trying to get just the right temperature.
  • Taking a bath: Close the drain prior to turning on and adjusting the temperature. Only fill tub 1/3 full.
  • Washing dishes: Only use the dishwasher when fully loaded.
  • Using the bathroom sink: Brush teeth while water heats up for shaving or washing face.
  • Hand washing dishes: Fill one sink with soapy water and quickly rinse under a slow-moving steam of water from the faucet.
  • Washing produce: Wash produce in a bowl of water rather than under running water.
  • Steaming vegetables: Use water left-over from steaming vegetables as a soup base, or let it cool and pour on plants in your garden as they can use the nutrients, too!
  • Thawing frozen foods: Defrost overnight in the refrigerator or if needed the same day, in a microwave or in a bowl of water, not under running water.
  • Cooking: Never use any pan than is larger than necessary for the meal you are cooking.
  • Ice cubes: If you accidentally drop an ice cube, don’t throw it in the sink, put it in a houseplant.
  • Washing: Consider reuse towels or other items prior to washing.
  • Water temperature: When adjusting water temperature, keep the flow of water as low as possible to balance the temperature.
  • Making use of extra water: Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden, or for cleaning.
  • Garbage disposal: Make minimum use of a garbage disposal, and put non-meat food scraps into a composter. Your city may have a program in place to provide you with a low cost composting system.

Big Indoor Water Saving Fixes

  • Look for hidden water leaks: Read your water meter before and after a two hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
  • Hot water: Consider installing an instant water heater for your kitchen sink so you don’t have to let water run while it heats up.
  • Pipes: Insulate your water pipes. You’ll get hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up.
  • Water softening systems: Install water softening systems only when necessary. Save water and salt by running the minimum amount of regenerations necessary to maintain water softness. Turn softeners off while on vacation.
  • Toilets: replace handles if they tend stick in the running position. Install a low-flow or dual-flush toilet. Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. (Flush as soon as test is done, since food coloring may stain tank.)
  • Greywater: Have a plumber re-route your “greywater” (leftover water from washing machines, shower and baths) into the garden where plants will appreciate it. Check city and county codes first in case they have specific rules to follow