Check your faucets indoor and outdoor for leaks. Just one leaky faucet that drips every 3 seconds can waste more than 30 gallons of water per month. Get your faucets checked and mend any leaks and drips.
- The average family uses their washing machine five times a week, which means more than 6,000 gallons of water goes through the machine every year. Making sure that you always run full loads will help reduce water wastage and save energy too.
- If you wash dishes by hand, wash dishes in order. Start with glasses, cutlery and crockery then follow with slightly soiled pans to very dirty pans. This way you should be able to do all your dishes with one sinkful of water.
- Every few months, try running a cycle of your dishwasher or washer machine with nothing in it. This process will flush the system through and, as long as you don’t do it too frequently, the savings on energy and efficiency will cancel out the extra water use.
- Aim to run dishwashers on full loads only and don’t pre-rinse your dishes before putting them in. Do both and you’ll save up to 20 gallons of water per dish load, or 7,300 gallons over a year! That’s as much water as the average person drinks in a lifetime.
- Consider buying a new clothes washer. An ENERGY STAR clothes washer can save more water in one year than one person drinks in an entire lifetime!
- Running your washing machine and dishwasher with cold water and when full will save you up to 100 gallons of water a month and a significant amount of energy.Check your faucets indoor and outdoor for leaks. Just one leaky faucet that drips every 3 seconds can waste more than 30 gallons of water per month. Get your faucets checked and mend any leaks and drips.
In the Bathroom
- Installing a low-flow showerhead helps save water. It may take getting used to, but after a few showers, you won’t notice the difference in water flow.
- Did you know that the average shower uses 20 gallons of water, compared to the 40 gallons that’s needed for a bath? Simply swapping your baths for showers could save 2,000 gallons of water a year if you take a five-minute shower every day, or double this amount if you shower every other day.
- Did you know that the average domestic toilet uses 15 gallons of water per person per day and that’s one third of all water usage? For a water efficient solution, simply install a low-flush toilet and you’ll cut flushing volumes by half.
- You can check your toilet system for leaks by adding a little vegetable dye to the water in your cistern. If any of the dye appears in the toilet bowl without you flushing, then you know you have a leak that is wasting water. A leaky toilet can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water a year!
- Consider installing a water-saving system in your house to help you divert water around your home. A common option is to use bathwater or sink run off, rather than clean water to flush the toilet.
- Don’t leave the faucet running while brushing your teeth or shaving. Get into the habit of turning it off unless you’re actually using it. You will conserve up to 5 gallons daily. Throughout the United States, the daily savings could add up to 1.5 billion gallons-more than is consumed per day across all of New York City.