Winter Water-Saving Tips

Posted Friday, April 05, 2013

Just because it's cold and Northwest dreary outside doesn't mean you should stop thinking about using water wisely. Here are five simple water-saving ideas you can use at home to save water this winter:

  1. Winter is the perfect time for making plans to add or modify your landscape to use less water. Consider low-water gardens that attract wildlife, such as butterflies or birds. Or work around themes such as fragrance, edible, ornamental or native plants. 

  2. Check indoor fixtures for leaks and fix right away. A small leak left unattended can account for hundreds of gallons of good, clean water lost.

  3. Consider replacing an existing toilet with an ultra high-efficiency model, which uses 1.28 gallons per flush or less. 

  4. Install a low-flow showerhead. Having a high efficiency showerhead is a very practical way to reduce water consumption during bathing. It not only reduces your water bill, it reduces your sewer and energy bills as well.

  5. Insulate your water heater and water pipes. Doing so will save energy and also will cut down on the amount of water that goes down the drain while waiting for hot water to flow.