- 1. Check for leaks in all inside sinks and outside faucets. Studies have shown leaks account for as much as 5% of all indoor water use.
- 2. Replace your old toilet which probably uses 5-7 gallons per flush (largest water user in homes); if your home was built before 1992 and the toilet has never been replaced, then you do not have a water-efficient, 1.6 gallons per flush toilet. Studies have shown toilet leaks account for as much as 20% of all indoor water use.
- 3. Replace old washing machines (2nd largest water user in homes). If your washing machine is not Energy Star™ rated, then you are wasting anywhere from 35-50% more water and 50% more energy than the newer models.
This change alone can save you money on your water and energy bills per month.
- 4. Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full.
- 5. Take a shower instead of a bath. Taking a bath typically uses 40 gallons of water compared to a shower which uses about 20 gallons of water.
- 6. Try to keep showers to under 10 minutes for more water conservation.
- 7. Before lathering up, install a low-flow showerhead which controls the amount of water flow and which is quite inexpensive and more luxurious.
- 8. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing.
- 9. When brushing your teeth or shaving, don’t let the water run.
- 10. When washing or rinsing your car/boat outside using an outside water hose, be sure to attach a nozzle which controls the flow of water.
Water conservation starts with you!