Water efficiency: Indoor water tips

Using water efficiently is easy with these helpful tips. With a few simple adjustments, you can reduce your bi-monthly water bill, save energy and help our state’s water supply situation.

 

Indoor Conservation Tips

Kitchen

  • Run the dishwasher only when full and save up to 15 gallons a load
  • Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap and save 3 gallons or more each day
  • If you drop ice cubes place them in a potted plant instead of in the sink
  • Collect the water you use to rinse fruits and vegetables and use it to water your plants
  • Thaw frozen food items in the refrigerator instead of using the tap and save 50 to 150 gallons of water a month
  • Reuse drinking glasses and cups throughout the day to lower the amount of dishes you wash
  • Install low-flow fixtures

Laundry Room

  • Only wash full loads of laundry and save 25-100 gallons a week
  • Update outdated washing machines to new energy and water efficient models and save 20 gallons a load
  • Consider installing a greywater line to help reduce outdoor water use

Bathroom

  • Install low-flow fixtures in your sink and shower and save 500 gallons of water a week
  • Reduce your shower time to 5 minutes and save 3-7 gallons a minute
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving and save 4-10 gallons a day
  • Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket and save 400 to 600 gallons a month
  • While waiting for shower water to heat up, collect running water to use for outdoor plants
  • Only fill the bathtub up halfway and save 25 gallons per use
  • Update older toilets with new low-flow models and save 14,000 gallons of water a year
  • Repair leaking pipes and fixtures and save 140 gallons a week

General Indoor

  • Monitor your water bill for spikes in your water use, this will help with leak detection
  • Repair leaks in both indoor and outdoor pipes and faucets

 

Facts and figures courtesy of: University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Fauquier County, City of Medford, Benton City, Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, Washington County, Citrus County, Environmental Protection Agency, Arizona Water – Use It Wisely coalition.