April 26, 2012 Tips 2 Comments

Indoor water use

Water is essential to each of us every day. But it’s a limited resource, so we all need to rethink the way we use water on a daily basis. By following these water-saving tips inside your home, you can help save water every day.

Laundry room

    • Use the washing machine for full loads only to save water and energy.
    • Install a water-efficient clothes washer and save up to 16 gallons per load.
    • Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy. It also helps your clothes retain their color.


    • Run the dishwasher only when full to save water and energy.
    • Install a water-and energy-efficient dishwasher. Save: 3 to 8 gallons per load.
    • Install aerators on the kitchen faucet to reduce flows to less than 1 gallon per minute.
    • When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
    • Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand.
    • If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
    • Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
    • Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.
    • Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
    • Don’t use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator.
    • Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap.
    • Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.
    • Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.
    • If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
    • Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water house plants.


    • Install low-flow shower heads. Save: 2.5 gallons.
    • Take five-minute showers instead of 10-minute showers. Save: 12.5 gallons with a low-flow showerhead, 25 gallons with a standard 5 gallon-per-minute showerhead.
    • Fill the bathtub halfway or less. Save: 12 gallons.
    • When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills.
    • Install aerators on bathroom faucets. Save: 1.2 gallons per person per day
    • Turn water off when brushing teeth or shaving. Save about 10 gallons per day
    • Install a high-efficiency toilet to save: 19 gallons per person per day. Take advantage of CCWD’s toilet rebate program here.
    • Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket.
    • Be sure to test your toilet for leaks at least once a year.
    • Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix it and start saving gallons.
    • Consider buying a dual-flush toilet. It has two flush options: a half-flush for liquid waste and a full-flush for solid waste.
    • Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor and save up to 300 gallons a month.
    • Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month.
    • When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.
    • Take a (short) shower instead of a bath. A bathtub can use up to 70 gallons of water.


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Written by CCWD