How Much Water Are You Using?
Water use can add up throughout the day, just by doing basic daily activities. It can be surprising to see how much water we are actually using! Here is a list of common water uses in a home, broken down by where they occur.
This list shows the average comparisons of normal water use where standard and older products are used alongside non-water conscious usage, versus water efficient and low flow products alongside good water saving habits. We highly recommend updating the older, more high flow water usage appliances and products around your home to more water efficient ones. Even if you have low flow products or appliances within your home, if they have not been replaced in the last 5 years, you should consider doing so. Also, don't forget to be water conscious when using water!
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More Ways to Conserve Water
While you can save water by switching out your appliances and products to water efficient models, you can also help to conserve this precious natural resource by changing your everyday habits to more water- conscious ones!
In the bathroom—where over half of all water use inside a home takes place:
- Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth.
- Showers use less water than baths, so shower when possible.
- When you do shower, keep your shower between 5-10 minutes. Use a timer to help you keep track of how long you’ve been in for!
In the kitchen—whip up a batch of big water savings:
- Plug up the sink or use a wash basin if washing dishes by hand.
- Better yet, use a dishwasher—and when you do, make sure it's fully loaded!
- Scrape your plate instead of rinsing it before loading it into the dishwasher.
- Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
- Thaw food in the refrigerator overnight rather than using a running tap of hot water.
- Add food wastes to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal.
In the laundry room—where you can be clean AND green:
- Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
- To save money on your energy bills, set your washing machine to use cold water rather than hot or warm water.