Indoor Water Conservation Tips

Person washing dishes at a sink. Text reads, "Waterwise tip: When hand washing dishes, fill your sink or tub with soapy water and only turn on the tap to rinse."

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:

  1. Replace older toilets with a WaterSense labeled high efficiency toilet. Older toilets can use 4 times more water per flush.
  2. 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).
  3. Wash only full loads. The average American household uses about 23% of its water running the clothes and dish washer.  
  4. 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.
  5. Take shorter showers. Each minute you shave off your shower time saves up to 2.5 gallons.
  6. Install a high efficiency showerhead, and you could save an about 1 gallon per minute. 
  7. 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.
  8. 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. 
  9. Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. This could save water and prevent damage to your home.
  10. 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.

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Interested in saving water outdoors too?

Find outdoor water conservation tips here.