Persistent drought has made saving water important, but saving water also saves energy. More than 19 percent of the energy used in California goes to water-related activities, whether it's treating, pumping and delivering water to your home, heating the water for your shower, or treating wastewater.
By brushing up on your water-saving tips and spreading the word to your friends and family, you can help California conserve water and electricity. Visit Save Our Water for more water-saving tips.
In the Home
- Use the washing machine for full loads only to save water and energy.
- Install a water-efficient clothes washer.
- Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.
- Run the dishwasher only when full to save water and energy.
- Install a water- and energy-efficient dishwasher.
- Install aerators on the kitchen faucet to reduce flows.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Install low-flow shower heads.
- Take five minute showers instead of 10 minute showers.
- Fill the bathtub halfway or less.
- Turn water off when brushing teeth or shaving.
- Install a high-efficiency toilet.
- Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket.
- Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler.
- Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
- Choose a water-efficient irrigation system such as drip irrigation for your trees, shrubs, and flowers.
- Water deeply but less frequently to create healthier and stronger landscapes.
- Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool. Organic mulch also improves the soil and prevents weeds.
- Plant drought-resistant trees and plants.
Water and Landscape
- Overwatering is one of the most common mistakes people make. Try this easy watering calculator to help determine how much you should be watering outside.
- If you really want to be a sophisticated water user, invest in a weather-based irrigation controller—or a smart controller. These devices will automatically adjust the watering time and frequency based on soil moisture, rain, wind, and evaporation and transpiration rates.
- Check with your local water agency to see if there is a rebate available for the purchase of a smart controller.
- Instead of using water, use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks and patios.
- Wash cars/boats with a bucket, sponge, and hose with self-closing nozzle.
- If you have to use water to clean up outside, a water broom that attaches to your hose but uses a combination of air and water pressure to aid cleaning.