While outdoor water use gets the big headlines when it comes to conservation, there are many incremental changes you can make in your home to lower water consumption.
From installing low-flow toilets and shower heads to using faucet aerators, the tips below are designed to help you conserve. In fact, if you really want to dig into your home water use, take our Home Water Use Audit
. It will help you pinpoint places in your home that area areas for water use improvement.
- Find and fix all leaks. A faucet drip of two tablespoons a minute adds up to 105 gallons a week of water that is wasted.
- Install water-saving devices like low flow showerheads and faucet aerators. (the shower heads are available free from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities)
- Flush toilets only when necessary.
- Run dishwashers and clothes washers with a full loads.
- Take shorter showers. If everyone in the United States shortened their shower by one minute every day, we could save 85 billion gallons per year.
- Don't leave the water running when brushing your teeth, washing your hands, shaving or doing dishes.
- Place a bucket in the shower to collect the water while it is heating up. Use the water on plants or to refill a flushing toilet.