Water efficiency is the smart use of our water resources through water-saving technology and simple steps we can all take around the house. It is important to remember, using water efficiently will help ensure reliable water supplies today and can help lower your water bills! It takes a lot of water to produce the food we eat, the energy we use and all the things that we buy. Use our water-saving tips below to reduce your water use in the bathroom. Water conservation will help you find lots of ways to shrink your water footprint.
In the Bathroom
Where over half of all water use inside a home takes place:
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons per month.
- Take a shower instead of taking a bath.
- Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month.
- Reduce the level of the water being used in a bathtub by one or two inches.
- When remodeling a bathroom, install a new low-volume flush toilet that uses only 1.6 gallons per flush.
- Test toilets for leaks. Add a few drops of food coloring or a dye tablet to the water in the tank, but do not flush the toilet. Watch to see if the coloring appears in the bowl within a few minutes. If it does, the toilet has a silent leak that needs to be repaired.
- Use a toilet tank displacement device such as a toilet dam or bag. Another alternative is filling a plastic bottle with stones or water, recapped, and placed in the toilet tank. These devices are not recommended with new low-volume flush toilets.
- Never use the toilet to dispose of cleansing tissues, cigarette butts, or other trash.
- Do not use hot water when cold will do. Water and energy can be saved by washing hands with soap and cold water.
- Do not let the water run when washing hands. Water should be turned off while washing and scrubbing and be turned on again to rinse.
- When shaving, fill the lavatory basin with hot water instead of letting the water run continuously.
- Place water-saving aerators on all your faucets.
Your home’s bathroom is likely the biggest source of water usage – and water waste. Taking steps to make your home greener through water conservation does not have to be extreme and will help to lower your bill. Every little bit can add up to BIG SAVINGS!