knowledge - school indoor tips


  1. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water. Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. New, Energy Efficient or Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy. If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.

  2. Install water-saving aerators on all of your faucets. We have a set of EcoBeta products that can assist you in this regard.

  3. Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.

  4. Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.

  5. Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

  6. Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.

  7. Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.

  8. Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, you drink every drop and that which goes down the drain is limited.

  9. Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup, it’s one more way to get eight glasses of water a day.

  10. Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.

  11. Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary and more energy is required to heat them up.

  12. If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.

  13. Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water house plants.

  14. When shopping for a new dishwasher, use the Consortium for Energy Efficiency website to compare water use between models.


  1. When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.

  2. Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.

  3. When shopping for a new washing machine, compare resource savings among Energy Star models. Some can save up to 20 gallons of water per load.

  4. Have a plumber re-route your greywater to trees and plants rather than the sewer line. Please remember to check with your municipal by laws.

  5. When buying a washer, check the Consortium for Energy Efficiency website to compare water use between models.


  1. If your shower fills a 5-litre bucket in less than 30 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water saving model or put a flow reducer inline, comfortable showers can be had with water flow between 5 and 8 litres per minute.

  2. Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 600 litres per month.

  3. Try taking a cold shower regularly, they are shown to have health benefits, use less energy and shorten your showering times.

  4. Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 4000 Litres per month.

  5. Toilet leaks can be silent! Be sure to test your toilet for leaks at least once a year. Put food colouring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix it and start saving water.

  6. When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills.

  7. Upgrade older toilets with water-saving dual flush retrofits or alternatively different models. Please look at our EcoBeta range for proven water savings.

  8. If your toilet flusher doesn’t close properly after flushing, replace it.

  9. Use a water saving showerhead (our EcoBeta range has a number of water saving devices). They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 2000 litres a month.

  10. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 20 Litres a minute. That’s up to 800 litres a week for a family of four.

  11. If your toilet is old investigate purchasing a new toilet these can reduce the amount of water used for each flush significantly. Newer models generally use less the 9 litres per flush with some newer models using as little as 2 litres.

  12. Consider buying a dual-flush toilet. It has two flush options: a half-flush for liquid waste and a full-flush for solid waste. EcoBeta system can be used to convert toilets to dual flush systems, or alternatively ask for an EcoBeta low flow volume toilet.

  13. Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor and save up to 1200 litres a month.

  14. Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 600 litres a month.

  15. When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.

  16. Take 5-minute showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires up to 280 litres of water.

  17. Install water-saving aerators on all of your faucets. We have a set of EcoBeta products that can assist you in this regard

  18. Drop tissues in the trash instead of flushing them and save water every time.

  19. Look for EcoBeta toilets, sink faucets, urinals and showerheads.

  20. One drip every second adds up to 20 litres per day! Check your faucets and showerheads for leaks.

  21. While you wait for hot water, collect the running water and use it to water plants.


  1. Teach children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.

  2. When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it most.

  3. Encourage your school system and local government to develop and promote water conservation among children and adults.

  4. Play fun games while learning how to save water!

  5. Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks. Please look at the discovering leaks section of the Knowledge group.

  6. Learn how to use your water meter to check for leaks. See how to identify leaks in knowledge section.

  7. Reward kids for the water-saving tips they follow.

  8. Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.

  9. Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can save 500 litres a week.

  10. Be a leak detective! Check all hoses, connectors, and faucets regularly for leaks.

  11. We’re more likely to notice leaky faucets indoors, but don’t forget to check outdoor faucets, pipes, and hoses.

  12. See a leak you can’t fix? Tell a parent, teacher, employer, or property manager, or call a handyman.

  13. At home or while staying in a hotel, reuse your towels.

  14. Make suggestions to your employer or school about ways to save water and money.

  15. Run your washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 4 000 litres a month.

  16. See how your water use stacks up to others by calculating your daily water use.

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