Indoor Tips

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Learn where water is used in the home!


  • Check hoses and connectors for leaks.
  • Only wash when you have a full load of clothes.
  • If you must wash with less than a full load, preset the water level for your specific load size.
  • When replacing your clothes washer, consider a high efficiency front loader. You could save about 5,500 gallons of water per year, and save electricity, too!


  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Avoid using your garbage disposal. It wastes water and contributes to sewer line problems. Instead, start a compost pile for vegetable scraps and throw grease in the trash.
  • Keep a pitcher of cold water in the refrigerator to avoid running the tap unnecessarily.
  • Install an aerator on your kitchen faucet.
  • Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods.


  • Do not let the water run while brushing teeth, shaving, or washing dishes.
  • Take five-minute showers, or if you prefer baths, fill the tub only one-third full.
  • Do not use the toilet as a wastebasket. Dispose of insects and tissues in the trash.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Install a water saving aerator on your bathroom faucet if the flow rate is more than one-half gallon per minute. See Drip Calculator.
  • Test to determine if your showerhead is wasting water. If it uses more than three gallons per minute, replace it. See Drip Calculator.
  • Replace the tub spout if it runs while you shower.
  • Test your toilet for leaks. A leaky toilet wastes more than 50 gallons of water per day.
  • Consider replacing your toilet with one that uses 1.6 gallons per flush. Toilets installed before 1994 use between 3.5 and six gallons per flush.