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Water saving tips

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Water saving tipsAre you passionate about your environment and saving water? You’ve come to the right place! Below are the 10 easiest ways you can conserve water both inside your home and outdoors.

If we all do our part and change our water use habits, we could save billions of gallons of water. Water is essential to our every day lives, so let’s use it wisely!

Indoor tips

  • Stop running water. Turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth and shaving. Doing so will save up to 2.5 gallons per minute.
  • Limit your showers to 5 minutes. Spend only 5 minutes in the shower and save up to 25 gallons each time.
  • Fix the drips. Repair your leaks immediately and save up to 20 gallons a day.
  • Wash full loads Only. Washing only full loads of laundry and dishes can save 15-50 gallons per load.
  • Buy efficient appliances. Buy water-saving devices like high-efficiency toilets and clothes washers, and save many gallons per day. Some of these clothes washers are eligible for rebates!

Outdoor tips

  • Don't over-water. You should only be watering outdoors every other day or Monday, Thursday, and Saturday according to Santa Ana’s Water Use Efficiency Program. Watering 3 days instead of 5 days can save more than 500 gallons a week.
  • Choose the right time. You should only be watering outdoors between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. according to Santa Ana’s Water Use Efficiency Program Water. This reduces evaporation and can save 25 gallons each day you water.
  • Use a broom, not a hose. Put down the hose and pick up a broom when you want to clean your driveway and sidewalks, and save 150 gallons each time.
  • Maintain your system. Check your sprinkler system for leaks, overspray and broken sprinkler heads and save up to 500 gallons a month.
  • Control what you need. Install a smart sprinkler controller that is weather based and save 40 gallons a day.

Want more information about water conservation?

  • Download our indoor and outdoor tip sheets.
  • Check out rebates and incentives for high efficiency appliances.
  • Visit our resources page where you will find links to everything from sustainable landscapes and California Friendly® plants, to water saving calculators and resources for kids.
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