Water Conservation Tips
- Fix leak faucets and toilets. A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.
- Purchase energy and water-efficient washing machines. Front-loading washing machines can use up to 70% less water than the same size top loader. That’s because they’re able to wash clothes by picking them up and dropping them into the wash water repeatedly, unlike top loaders which wash clothes by having them float around in the water.
- Purchase an Energy Star dishwasher. Standard dishwashing machines use approximately 6 gallons of water per load, while Energy Star dishwashers use only about 4 gallons. In contrast, hand washing generally uses about 20 gallons of water each time.
- Store drinking water in the refrigerator. This way, you don’t need to let the tap run while you are waiting for cool water to flow!
- Install an instant water heater on your kitchen sink. You won’t have to let the water run while it heats up, saving water and energy.
- Insulate your water pipes. You’ll get hot water faster and will reduce your household heating costs.
- Buy a pool cover. The average pool takes 22,000 gallons to fill. If you leave it uncovered, you can lose hundreds of gallons through evaporation per month during the summer months.
- Change your lawn watering time. Water lawns early in the morning when temperatures and wind speeds are the lowest to reduce loss to evaporation.
- Check your sprinkler. Don’t allow sprinklers to water your street, driveway, or sidewalk. Position them so the water lands on the lawn and shrubs.
Get more tips on how to conserve water in your home from the Indiana Department of Safety and Health (ISDH) below.