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. And if you notice significant changes in your water usage, call us. Many of our customers now have radio-read meters, which store a comprehensive water usage data log. We can share this data with you to help you determine if something is amiss.
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. 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. Plus, you’ll get the same level of spray force and water coverage you’ve come to expect, which means you really will shower better.
Similarly, WaterSense labeled commodes use 20% less water, while offering equal or superior performance. Compared to older, less efficient models, a WaterSense labeled commode could save a family of four more than $90/year on the water utility bill, and roughly $2,000 over the lifetime of the commode. That's a lot!
Listen for leaks
A running commode 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.
Dripping faucets and showerheads can also be costly. A drip rate of just one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year, which is a little more than $22.
Clean Up With Savings
Bathtubs typically hold 70 gallons of water, while a 5 - 10 minute shower requires just 10 to 25 gallons.
Turning off the tap while you brush your teeth can save 8 gallons of water per day, per person. For a family of four, that's almost 1,000 gallons of water per month.
Per the EPA, the average family could save 2,900 gallons of water per year by installing WaterSense labeled showerheads. Since these water savings will reduce demands on water heaters, they will also save energy. In fact, the average family could save more than 370 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power a house for 13 days.
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.