Use your dishwasher

Washing dishes by hand can use more than 20 gallons of water while a dishwasher only uses 15 or less gallons.

Install a water and energy efficient dishwasher

Save 3 to 8 gallons per load (as well as save energy) with an Energy Star® or Water Sense® labeled dishwasher.

Run a full load

Try to reduce the number of loads per week and only run the dishwasher when completely full.

Scrape your plates instead of rinsing

Newer dishwashers clean more thoroughly than older ones. As a bonus, compost your plant food waste and enrich your soil - which also reduces the amount of water needed for irrigating.


Install aerators

Aerators are inexpensive, easy to install and can reduce flow of a faucet to less than one gallon per minute.

Don’t let the water run

When washing dishes by hand, fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.

Scrape food remnants into the trash

Using a garbage disposal requires several gallons of water to run, as well as several gallons to clean.

Soak pots and pans

Soak those big items instead of letting the water run while you rinse and scrape.

Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink

Save time, energy and water by not having to wait for the water to heat up.

Don’t rinse fats, oils or grease down the drain

Not only does is take more water to wash fats away, they tend to coat pipes causing clogs. Try freezing fats, oil and grease in a can then throw the whole thing in the trash.

Check for leaks

A leaky faucet can waste as much as 1,500 gallons of water per year. Most of the time, gently tightening the connections or replacing a gasket will fix the leak.


Select the proper pan size for cooking

Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary. Cooking foods in as little water as possible also helps retain more nutrients.

Don’t use running water to thaw food

Defrost food in the refrigerator.

Soak instead of rinse

When washing your fruits and vegetables, let them soak in a pan or sink instead of washing in running water.

Chill a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator

Eliminate running the tap until the water runs cold. Drinking the prescribed eight glasses of water a day would cost about $1,400 if you were buying bottled water. The same amount for tap water costs less than $.50. Did you know that Castle Rock water has won best tasting water competitions?

Use one glass or a refillable water bottle

Designating one glass for water cuts down on washing.

Don’t waste those unwanted ice cubes 

If you accidentally drop ice cubes, put them in a house plant or pet bowl instead of the sink.