Conservation Tips & Links
Conservation is defined as, "a careful preservation and protection of something; especially: planned management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect."
Below are the City of Oxford's water conservation tips to help our citizens conserve water and thereby conserve money each month!
Take 5 minute showers instead of a bath. The average tub holds about 80 gallons of water. A low-flow shower uses about 2.5 gallons of water a minute. If you take a 5 minute shower instead of filling a tub half full, you will save approximately 25 gallons of water.
Winterize outdoor spigots when temperatures dip below freezing to prevent pipes from leaking and bursting.
Use your washer and dishwasher only when they are full, you will save up to a 1,000 gallons of water a month.
Put several drops of food coloring in the tank part of the toilets in your house. If you see the coloring seeping into the bowl, there is a leak. Fixing it can save about 600 gallons of water each month.
Turn the water off while you brush your teeth. If you leave the water running, you will waste about 5 gallons of water.
Position your sprinklers so water lands on the lawn or garden, not on paved areas. Also, avoid watering on windy days.
When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
Use a pool cover, without a swimming pool cover, more than half the water in your pool can possibly evaporate in one year.
Use water-efficient appliances.
Insulate pipes to get hot water faster, so less water is wasted.
Do not rinse dishes prior to putting them into an automatic dishwasher. Instead, wipe them with paper napkins from the meal or use a partially filled sink to do any necessary pre-washing.
Remember to cut off all decorations while sleeping or away from home.
Check out these links below on additional ways you can Go Green!