Save Water Inside Your Home
How many gallons of water can you save each day?
Take an audit of everything done by you and your family that involves water. Initiate a goal of eliminating or curbing unnecessary water use.
Did you know that brushing your teeth or washing your hands for two minutes, uses 6 gallons of water?
Saving Water Indoors
Tips on how to save water indoors
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- Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth. Save 4-10 gallons per day if you turn off the tap water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Reduce your shower time. Save 3-7 gallons per minute if you reduce the time you take in the shower to five minutes or less.
- Fill the tub halfway. Fill a 50-gallon tub halfway and save up to 25 gallons.
- Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket. Using the toilet as a wastebasket uses 5 gallons.
- Install a dam in your toilet. Flushing the toilet uses 5 gallons, Install a dam (available at most hardware stores) to reduce the amount of water used in each flush.
- Keep water in refrigerator. Running tap until water turns cold uses 3 gallons - keep a gallon of drinking water in refrigerator.
- Close the drain. Close the tub drain before turning on the water and you'll save 3 or more gallons.
- Fill your sink when washing dishes. Save 8-15 gallons per day if you fill your sink or basin when washing and rinsing dishes.
- Run dishwasher only when full. Save up to 15 gallons per load if you run your dishwasher only when full - select dish washing cycles that use the least number of washes and rinses and avoid unnecessary rinsing of dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.
- Wash veggies in a basin. Save 2-4 gallons per day if you wash vegetables and fruits in a basin.
- Reduce garbage disposal use. Save 2-7 gallons per minute if you use your garbage disposal only when necessary, since it requires water to operate.
- Run washing machine only when full. Save 25-100 gallons per week if you run your washing machine only when full, or for smaller loads, adjust the water level setting carefully - washing machines use 25-50 gallons per load.