A 2016 study by the Water Research Foundation analyzed water consumption in homes. The top 5 uses were:
No one benefits from leaks, and they often waste more than you think. For many homeowners, fixing leaks is a DIY project. Renters can report leaks to their landlord.
Showering uses less than bathing, but it is still the second highest use of water indoors.
This tip is simple, but effective: don’t leave the water running if you’re not using it.
If you have a clothes washer or dishwasher, get the most out of them and only run them when you have a full load. You’ll save on water and energy!
Scrape food residue off dishes instead of rinsing them in water. Most dishwashers clean just as well without pre-washing dishes.
If you have a dishwasher, use it! Dishwashers uses less water than washing by hand. However, if you wash dishes by hand, fill up the sink with soapy water after you have several dirty dishes, and only run water to rinse.
If you get a separate bill from your utility for your water use, it’s a good idea to regularly review your water bill. Knowing the patterns of your normal water use will help you identify leaks as soon as possible and understand how your household uses water. If you notice high water consumption without an explanation, consider using your meter to check for leaks.
Between technology advances and updated plumbing codes, new equipment can be significantly more efficient. If you have older fixtures or appliances, consider replacing them with the most efficient available.
Consider insulating any exposed hot water pipes. You’ll waste less waiting for water at your sink, tub, or shower to get hot.
Interested in how else you can save? Try this water use calculator created by the Alliance for Water Efficiency to learn where you might be using the most water in your home.