Ways to Save Inside the Home
Know your habits
The first step in managing water use is understanding how your household is using water. Use this water usage calculator from USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) Water Science School to find out how much water your family is using each month and to learn specific ways you can save.
Look for the WaterSense Label
In just one year, a WaterSense labeled showerhead can save the average family the amount of water it takes to wash more than 70 loads of laundry and the amount of electricity used to power its home for 13 days!
Like all WaterSense labeled products, showerhead models that earn the WaterSense label are independently certified to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency criteria for water savings and performance. You’ll get the same level of spray force and water coverage you’ve come to expect, which means you really will shower better.
Listen for leaks
A running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water each day. If left unfixed, that could mean up to 6,000 gallons/month, or $44.88.
Take a Shower and Skip the Bath
Bathtubs typically hold 70 gallons of water, while a 5 - 10 minute shower requires 10 to 25 gallons.
Now is the perfect time to take energy, water, and money-saving action in your home by showering better. The shower is a place where we can wake up, wind down, or clean up after a long day. But did you know it’s also a place where we are wasting water, energy, and money?
It’s true—the average American family uses 30 gallons of water per day just for showering. That’s about 1.2 trillion gallons of water every year in the United States! It also takes energy to heat the water we use to shower. Replacing a showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model can help the average family shower better by reducing its energy and water costs by more than $70 and saving 2,900 gallons of water annually.
Turn off the faucet while you brush
Faucets flow about 2 gallons per minute. If four people brush their teeth 2 times a day for 2 minutes each, that equals 16 gallons/day, or 480 gallons per month. That's about $3.50,or enough to buy a gallon of milk.
Run appliances at full capacity
Whether it's the dishwasher or washing machine, be sure you are running your appliances with full loads, and using an energy smart brand. If you need to wash a light load of clothes or dishes, make sure you properly adjust the settings on your appliances so they do not use an unneccessary amount of water.
Use cold water to wash dark colored clothing
When washing dark clothes, opt for a cold water cycle. This will save you money on your energy bill and help preserve the color of your darker clothes.
Ways to Save Outside the Home
Just 30 minutes of watering each day (using a 4-sprinkler head system) can use up to 12,000 gallons of water each month, which equals $89.76. An 8-sprinkler head system can drive usage to 25,000 gallons per month or $187.
Pay attention to your garden hose
Whether it's filling up a swimming pool, washing your car or letting your kids splash around on a hot summer day, garden hoses can flow up to 20 gallons of water a minute. If you use the hose once a day for 30 minutes, in just one week it could add up to 4,200 gallons of water, which is what some households use in a month. Using a WaterSense nozzle can help you manage outdoor water usage.
Explore ways to reuse
For example, try washing your pet in the grass (with environmentally friendly soap) or collecting rain water to water house plants.