These water-saving tips are for anyone, but were estimated for a family of four.
▪ Update your shower with a low-flow showerhead, which can save 7,665 gallons of water and up to $50 a year.
▪ Cut the time you spend in the shower to five minutes. It can save 76,650 gallons of water and up to $498 a year.
▪ Replace that old water-guzzling toilet with a WaterSense low-flow version, which can save 10,986 gallons of water and up to $70 a year.
▪ Get your family to turn the water off while brushing their teeth twice a day. It can save 11,680 gallons and up to $75 a year.
▪ Update your faucet or attach an inexpensive aerator to save up to 15,622 gallons of water and up to $100 a year.
And that’s just the savings that can be achieved in the bathroom. In the kitchen, and for the same family:
▪ Wash dishes when the dishwasher is full to save up to 2,920 gallons of water and up to $19 a year.
▪ Replace an old dishwasher with a high-efficiency model, which can save 1,314 gallons of water and up to $80 a year.
As for laundry:
▪ Upgrade to a high-efficiency clothes washer to save up to 14,585 gallons of water and up to $94 a year.
▪ Wash only full loads, which can save 10,534 gallons of water and up to $68 a year.
▪ Lower the water setting to correspond with the size of the wash load. Savings may vary.
Outside the house, consider these steps:
▪ Collect water from your roof with a rain barrel to water your flowers. Don’t water the driveway or sidewalks.
▪ Choose drought-tolerant grass varieties such as a tall fescue.
▪ Mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and water-consuming weeds.