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Begin With The Bathroom
Toilets account for nearly 30 percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption. Old, inefficient toilets can use as much as 6 gallons per flush, and are a major source of wasted water in many homes. New water efficient toilets use 1.28 gallons per flush or less while still providing equal or superior performance. This is 20 percent less water than the current federal standard of 1.6 gallons per flush.
Look for the WaterSense label when shopping for a new water-saving toilet. WaterSense labeled toilets are independently certified to meet the EPA's rigorous criteria for both performance and efficiency. By upgrading to water-efficient toilets, an average family can reduce water used for toilets by 20 to 60 percent – that's nearly 13,000 gallons of water savings every year.
Don’t forget to test your toilets for leaks! By performing a simple test using dye tablets or food coloring, you can determine if you have a toilet leak. View our step-by-step video below.
Showering accounts for nearly 17 percent of residential indoor water use. This can add up to 40 gallons per day for the average family. Upgrading to water–efficient showerheads is a simple way to reduce household water use. Standard showerheads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm) while WaterSense labeled showerheads use no more than 2.0 gpm.
The average family could save 2,900 gallons per year just by installing WaterSense labeled showerheads. You can also save water by simply reducing your shower time. Shortening your shower by one minute saves 550 gallons of water a year.
We can all save water by simply turning off the tap while brushing our teeth, shaving, or washing our hands. As much as 3,000 gallons per year can be saved with this simple step.
And, you can also save water by upgrading to WaterSense labeled faucets or aerators. WaterSense labeled bathroom sink faucets and aerators use a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute. By upgrading, you can save 30 percent or more from the standard flow of 2.2 gallons per minute. This would save the average family 700 gallons of water per year.
Beyond The Bathroom
Washing machine use accounts for 15% to 40% of an average family's indoor water consumption. To conserve the most water, make sure you are running full loads or adjust to the correct load level setting.
By upgrading to an ENERGY STAR certified washing machine, you can save 45% of the water and 25% of the energy. Washing machines built before 2003 are less efficient than newer models. An ENERGY STAR certified washing machine uses 13 gallons of water per load verses 23 gallons for a standard machine.
The easiest way to save water when using your dishwasher is to make sure you are only running full loads. If your dishwasher was built before 1994, it wastes more than 10 gallons of water per cycle. An ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher will save approximately 3,870 gallons of water over its lifetime.
Don't run the tap just to chill the water. Use a pitcher to chill drinking water in the refrigerator instead. And, you can also save water by upgrading your kitchen faucet with a WaterSense labeled faucet or aerator.