R e Your Home: Lawn ., a (Water thoroughly but not often) It's likely your lawn only requires water once or twice a week. Water only when the grass needs it; wilting or darkeaing of color are indicators. Soak the grass root zone each time you water-this means you'll probably water longer and less often. Apply the water only as fast as the soil can absorb it. This way you can avoid wasteful runoff-water in the gutters won't help your lawn. Water early in the day. This gives your grass time to dry off before low nighttime temperatures-less danger of lawn diseases. Avoid watering in windy weather-wind carries your water away. Garden, Shrubs, Trees . a (Same principles apply as for lawn) Use mulches such as grass clippings, bIack plastic, leaves, peat moss and sawdust-helps reduce evaporation, absorb and hold moisture, and control weeds. If you don't use muIches, control weeds by hoeing, cultivating and using recommended sprays-weeds rob moisture and food from desirable plants. aneaus . . Keep all outside faucets completely closed. When you're washing the car, have water running only when you're using if. Insulate exposed hot water pipes, especially if the tank is some distance from hot water faucet. This will minimize the amount of cold water that runs from faucets before water becomes warm-will also reduce your water heating bill. nside Your Home: EAU kl DRY . . . ~on'ventionat washing machines use 12 to 20 gallons of water per load. Automatics use 25 to 34. Wash only full loads of soiled items. Read and follow directions for use of soaps, deter-gents, bleaches and other laundry aids. Use very hot water (140" F.) for heavily soiled sturdy clothing, to get quickest and best cleaning. For lightly soiled and fragile clothing use water not as hot (100" to 110" F.). If your dryer uses water in drying process, line-dry washed clothing. # !TCk ! EN . . . ~ i s hwa shing by hand for one meal requires 3 to 4 gallons of water. Dishwashing machines require 6 to 13 gallons per load. Food disposals require 2 gallons per minute. Repair leaky faucets and keep them tightly closed when they're not in use. Use your dishwasher only when it's loaded to capacity. Wash your dishes as seldom as you can. Use cleaning agents, abrasive pads or brushes and lots of "elbow grease" rather than water when you clean. Keep cold water to drink in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet water run until it's cold. BATH . . . Average tub bath uses I5 gallons of water. Average shower bath uses 3 gallons per minute. Take quick showers instead of tub baths. Wet your entire body, turn off shower, soap well, then rinse. As in the kitchen, repair leaky faucets and keep them tightly closed when they're not in use. Fill the wash bowl with only the water you need. Don't let the water run while you're brushing your Iteeth, washing your face and hands, or shaving. A cooperative pubiication of the Sierra Pacific Power Company and the Cooperative Extension Service, Max C. Fieischmann College of Agriculture, University of Nevada.