Turn off the faucet

Did you know that turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth can save up to 1,500 gallons of water per year!  There are many water uses like brushing our teeth and shaving, where we can forget to turn the faucet off.  This simple action can result in big water savings.

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Households: 56 completed, 5 committed
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$10
Annual Savings
$0 - $0
Upfront Cost
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Energy and water savings

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Therms Natural Gas
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Gallons Water
  • Save precious water resources and energy
  • Save money on water and energy

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Overview

The Action
We will turn the faucet off while brushing our teeth, shaving or other uses.
Is this action for me?
Yes! Anyone can do this action.
When and Who?
This action can be done anytime by anyone.
How long will it take?
Quick - just a second to turn the water off.
What is the cost?
No cost - and extra savings!

Benefits

  • Save precious water resources and energy

  • Save money on water and energy

The Basics

Turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth, shave or for other water uses is one of the easiest ways to save water daily. Here are a few tips to follow.

Checklist

Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth
Use the sink or a bowl for shaving
Use water wisely in the kitchen
Share tips with others in your home
Post a reminder!

When it comes to conserving water, every little bit helps, even during those few minutes a day spent shaving or brushing teeth.  Turning off your faucet might seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes we are busy and don't think about it.  A few small changes of habit will help your household save gallons of drinking water every day.

Turn off when brushing teeth

Once you have your toothbrush wet, you don't really need the water running while you brush.  Turn the water off while you scrub your pearly whites, and spend that time reflecting on the amount of water you’re saving today, and annually.  You can save up to 1,500 gallons per year for every person in your household that brushes with the tap off!

In addition to turning off while brushing, you can also save water during hand washing.  If you are hands are particularly dirty and will require a bit of extra sudsing, you can turn off the water while soaping up.  Like a Navy shower, get your hands wet, turn of the water, soap up and then turn the water back on to rinse.

Use the bowl for shaving

While people often rinse their razor under the running tap, it’s really not necessary. Think about how your grand or great granddad might have done it.  When you have to walk to the well for water, you find ways to be water conscious!  Plug the sink while you lather up, turn the tap off, and use the water collected to rinse your razor.  An alternative is to use a bowl if that is more convenient.  This goes for all shaving - legs and all!  

In the kitchen

This practice also holds for the kitchen and other faucets in your house.  If you are washing dishes, fill up the basin or a bowl with water for washing and if possible a second basin or bowl for rinsing.  If you wash and rinse without running the water while you are cleaning your dishes, this the second most efficient method for cleaning dishes.  The first is to use an energy star dishwasher with a full load and without pre-rinsing.  If you are hand washing clothes - the same practice applies, fill up the basin, let it soak, then rinse.

Old Habits Need Reminders!

Adjusting your routine is not something you do every day.  It takes commitment and reminders to incorporate a new habit into your life, however big or small.  Helpful reminders from others in your household can make a difference!  Share these tips with others in your household and help keep each other on track.  You can also put a small sticker on the bathroom mirror to remind you to turn the tap off!

Invest in a Water Aerator

Much like a low-flow shower head, fitting an aerator on your faucets can drastically cut down on water use without compromising performance.  An aerator mixes air into the water flow, reducing water usage and excess splashing.  This is most useful where you wash your hands, shave, etc., as you might require a higher flow in the kitchen for food preparation.