In an average US household, the appliances that consume the toilet, clothes washer, and shower, in that order. Installing low-flow shower heads can help save water from the shower – and next time your home’s washer or toilet needs to be replaced, you can select a more energy-efficient model. Checking for and eliminating leaks around the household is an even easier way to save water: leaks account for about 13% of water use in an average home. Finally, if you’re not ready to make major replacements of water-intensive appliances, simple behavior changes can save a lot of water each day. Consider taking shorter showers, wearing an article of clothing a few times before washing it, and maybe even flushing the toilet only every other time you use it.
1. Check faucets and pipes for leaks
2. Don’t use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket
3. Check your toilets for leaks
4. Use your water meter to check for hidden water leaks
5. Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators
6. Put plastic bottles or float booster in your toilet tank
7. Insulate your water pipes.
8. Take shorter showers.
9. Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush
10. Rinse your razor in the sink
11. Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads
12. Minimize use of kitchen sink garbage disposal units
13. When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing
14. Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables
15. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge.
16. Plant drought-resistant lawns, shrubs and plants
17. Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants
18. Don’t water the gutter
19. Water your lawn only when it needs it
20. Deep-soak your lawn
21. Water during the early parts of the day; avoid watering when it’s windy
22. Add organic matter and use efficient watering systems for shrubs, flower beds and lawns
23. Don’t run the hose while washing your car
24. Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks
25. Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets and couplings
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