Water Saving Tips for the Homeowner

Water Saving Tips
Saving water around the house is simple and smart. The average household spends as much as $500 per year on its water and sewer bill but could save about 30% per year by using water-efficient fixtures and utilizing water-saving practices.²

LEAKS: over 10% of an average household’s water use comes from leaks³
  • The constant drip of a leaky faucet isn’t just annoying; it’s also a huge waste of water. You can lose about 20 gallons of water per day from a leaky faucet.¹
  • A leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water every day. To tell if your toilet is leaking, place a drop of food coloring in the tank; if the color shows in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak.²
  • Check your water meter to see if you have any leaks (don’t use any water for an hour and see if the meter moves during that time).³

The average bathroom faucet flows at a rate of 2 gallons per minute; by turning off the tap you can save more than 100 gallons of water per person each month.²
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.¹
  • If you’re in the market for a toilet, buy a low-flow model as they use as little as half as much water as standard toilets.¹
  • If you don’t have a low-flow toilet, put a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used per flush.¹
  • Install low-flow faucet aerators and low flow shower-heads. The water savings will make up for the purchase price in the long run.¹
¹ www.conserveh2o.org; ² www.epa.gov; ³ www.lowimpactliving.com