Water Saving Quick Tip

Heather says:
Below every sink is a shut off valve. A simple way to prevent water waste is to use this valve to turn down the flow. This is especially helpful for households with family members or roommates who cannot grasp the idea that there are more than two flow speeds for water: off and Katie bar the door!

You’re welcome.


  1. pakblogger on December 10, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Energy saving thought shared by you.
    A gate valve can do this job very well.
    Wastage of every thing is bad.
    I have bookmarked your website and I hope to have such more ideas from you.

  2. CJ on July 2, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I shut off the hot water valve completely on the washing machine. Got tired of reminding the family over and over. I just turn it on when I need to do a hot water wash cycle (rarely), then shut it off again.

    I like the idea. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Keter on June 30, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    As a sidebar, it is a good idea to rotate all such valves at least quarterly (every 4 months) to keep them free of mineral deposits that may make them inoperable when needed.

  4. Diaper Cake Becca on June 30, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I NEVER thought of this before. I am so going to do this in the kitchen and the kids’ bathrooms. My sons like to use about a gallon of water to rinse off their plate before putting it in the dishwasher…and five gallons to brush their teeth.


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