Water Wise Efficiency Tips

Around the House

  • Insulate hot water pipes where possible to avoid long delays (and wasted water) while waiting for the water to “run hot.”
  • Wash only full loads in the clothes washer. Washing small loads uses over twice as much water per pound of laundry.
    • Water saved: up to 1,000 gallons per month
  • When buying a new clothes washer, consider purchasing a water-saving model.
    • Water saved: up to 40 gallons per load


Bathroom use accounts for about 75% of the water used inside the home.

  • Check regularly for any leaks in your toilet, faucets, and water hose bibs and fix them.
    • Water saved: up to 200 gallons per day
  • Install a low-flow shower head.
    • Water saved: about 2 gallons per minute
  • Replace older, larger-use toilets with the newer higher efficiency toilets.
    • Water saved: 0.5 to five gallons per flush
  • Take short showers and save the baths for special occasions.
    • Water saved two to five gallons per minute
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and turn on just to rinse.
  • Turn off water while shaving. Put hot water in the sink instead of letting the water run.


Kitchens account for about 8% of in-home water use.

  • Defrost frozen foods in the refrigerator instead of letting water run over them.
  • Don’t rinse dishes before loading dishwasher.
    • Water saved: 20 gallons per load
  • Install a low-flow faucet aerator, which can cut water use in half.
    • Water saved: 1 to 2 gallons per minute
  • Wash only full loads in the dishwasher. An efficient dishwasher usually uses much less water than washing dishes by hand.
  • When buying a new dishwasher, consider purchasing a water-saving model. New models use up to 25% less water than older ones.
    • Water saved: 3 gallons per load
  • When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.