Indoor Water Conservation Tips
Indoor water usage, unlike outdoors, is largely the same year-round. That's good news, because it means a few water-saving measures can have a large cumulative effect on your indoor water consumption.
Here are 10 ways to help you start saving water indoors today:
- Replace older toilets with a WaterSense labeled high efficiency toilet. Older toilets can use 4 times more water per flush.
- Regularly check for & repair leaks. Even small leaks can waste hundreds to thousands of gallons of water a month. Many leaks can be fixed by a do-it-yourself plumber, and repair parts are relatively inexpensive to purchase ($5-20).
- Wash only full loads. The average American household uses about 23% of its water running the clothes and dish washer.
- Let your dishwasher do the work. An average dishwasher uses about 10 gallons per load. Running the average faucet for just four minutes uses the same amount of water.
- Take shorter showers. Each minute you shave off your shower time saves up to 2.5 gallons.
- Install a high efficiency showerhead, and you could save an about 1 gallon per minute.
- Install an aerator on your bathroom or kitchen faucet and save about 1 gallon per minute. An aerator reduces the flow from the faucet, and uses air to maintain good water pressure.
- Turn the faucet on only to rinse when brushing your teeth, washing your hands or shaving. You will save up to 2.5 gallons a minute.
- Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. This could save water and prevent damage to your home.
- Select an Energy Star-approved clothes washer next time you purchase a new washer. They use 15-20 less gallons of water per load, and you will see savings on your energy costs too.