Reduce Your Use: Indoor

In the home 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. You save: 16 Gallons/Load

• Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.


• Run the dishwasher only when full to save water and energy.

• Install a water- and energy-efficient dishwasher. You save: 3 to 8 Gallons/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. You save: 2.5 Gallons

• Take five minute showers instead of 10 minute showers. You save: 12.5 gallons with a low flow showerhead, 25 gallons with a standard 5.0 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/Day

• Turn water off when brushing teeth or shaving. You save: Approximately 10 Gallons/Day

• Install a high-efficiency toilet. You save: 19 Gallons Per Person/Day Read more about toilets.

• 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.