Water Tips

The average household spends as much as $500 per year on its water and sewer bill. By making just a few simple changes to use water more efficiently, you could save about $170 per year. If all U.S. households installed water-efficient appliances, the country would save more than 3 trillion gallons of water and more than $18 billion dollars per year!

When we use water more efficiently, we reduce the need for costly water supply infrastructure investments and wastewater treatment facilities. It takes a considerable amount of energy to deliver and treat the water we use everyday. American public water supply and treatment facilities consume about 56 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually—enough electricity to power more than 5 million homes for an entire year.

Water heating can account for between 14-25% of a home's energy consumption. It is the second-largest energy expense in U.S. households behind space heating and cooling.
Compared to a 3.5 gallons per flush toilet, a WaterSense labeled toilet could save a family of four more than $90 annually on their water bill, and $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilet.
If you're unsure whether you have a leak, read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.
Conventional storage water heaters are the most common, but generally not the most efficient.
Of the estimated 29 billion gallons of water used daily by households in the United States, nearly 7 billion gallons - 30% - is devoted to outdoor water use. How often and how much you water really does matter.
Consider repurposing water for irrigation.