20 Ways to Save Water in an Apartment

Is your water bill getting you down each month? Renter’s Voice has put together a list of 20 things that you can do to save water in your new apartment.

  1. To keep from wasting water while washing your dishes, plug your sink, fill it with warm water, and wash your dishes that way.
  2. When preparing vegetables, fill your sink and wash them in cool water.
  3. Instead of running hot water from the tap when cooking, the most efficient way to cook with hot water is by microwaving, steaming or using a pressure cooker.
  4. While cooking, simmer water instead of boiling it rapidly.
  5. Instead of running the tap to un-clog the drain, use a sink strainer.
  6. Soak your pots and pans before washing instead of scrubbing them under running water.
  7. Instead of running frozen foods under hot water to thaw them out, pre-thaw or microwave them beforehand. If defrosting meat, seal tightly in a plastic bag, fill your sink with room temperature water, and submerge the bag until the meat has defrosted. Cover it with a plate to keep it from floating.
  8. Designate one specific glass for drinking water per day so that you can cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
  9. Make sure that you set your laundry loads to the appropriate load size to conserve water.
  10. Wash dark clothes in cold water.
  11. Always evaluate which clothing items need washing after one use, or if they can be worn again before washing.
  12. Periodically check the toilet for leaks.
  13. Make sure that you install a flow-efficient showerhead.
  14. While you’re brushing your teeth, turn the water off.
  15. Use the minimum amount of water you need for your bath. We suggest filling the tub 1/3 full.
  16. Keep a bucket in your shower to collect waste water to water your plants.
  17. Limit your showers to four minutes.
  18. Look into getting a shower saver.
  19. Wash your face and brush your teeth in the shower.
  20. Wash your car, bike, and/or outdoor furniture with a bucket and a sponge instead of using a hose.

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