The more you know about water use in your home, the better you can plan to save it.
Did you know?
- When you run the water in the sink, shower or tub and wait for it to warm up so you can use it, you waste between 8,000 and 20,000 gallons a year? Solution: Invest in a hot water re-circulating pump that can produce hot water on demand. That means it’s hot the minute you turn it on. No more waiting and no more wasting water.
- Toilets use more water than any other appliance in your home? In fact, toilets account for about 30 percent of your family’s water use. If you have a new house, your toilet is probably a water-efficient model and uses no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush, which federal law requires in all new homes. The newest versions use only 1.28 gallons per flush. If your toilets are old, consider replacing them with high-efficiency models.
- Manufacturers have introduced a brand-new kind of toilet. It’s called a dual-flush toilet, and it gives you the option of flushing solids (which require about 1.6 gallons per flush) or liquids (which use just 0.8 to 1.2 gallons per flush).
- A $2 aerator installed on your sink faucet can significantly reduce the flow of water.
- New showerheads use no more than 2.5 gallons of water. If you’re still using an older model, consider replacing it with a low-flow model.