How Much Water Do You Use?Think about how much water you use in your home every day. The amount of water you use may surprise you but there are little things you can do to use your water more efficiently. Small actions can have a huge impact in our world.
|Action||Average amount of water use at home.||Tips for reducing the amount of water used.|
|Washing clothes||25 gallons per load for newer washers and older models up to 40 gallons per load.||Energy saving clothes washers save a lot on water and electricity. Use front load washer.|
|Dishwasher||On average 6-16 gallons of water per wash cycle. Newer, EnergyStar rated models use 6 gallons or less per wash cycle.||EnergyStar rated dishwashers will not only save you a considerable amount of water but also help to reduce the amount of electricity you use as well.|
|Washing dishes by hand||About 8-27 gallons. This all depends on how adept you are at hand-washing dishes. Newer kitchen faucets use about 1.5-2 gallons of water per minute, whereas older faucets use more.||Efficient hand-washing techniques include installing an aerator in your faucet head and scraping food off, soaking dishes in a basin of soapy water before getting started, and not letting the water run continuously while you wash every dish. And its best to have two basins to work in, one with hot soapy water and the other with warm water for a rinse.|
|Bath||A full tub of bath water on average uses about 36 gallons of water.||Consider showering instead of bathing.|
|Shower||Older shower heads use on average 5 gallons of water per minute. WaterSense water-saving shower heads only use 2 gallons of water per minute.||Reduce the amount of time you spend taking a shower or consider installing a low-flow shower head. Take a 5-minute shower instead of a 10-minute shower.|
|Brushing teeth||Newer style bath faucets use less than 1 gallon of water per minute compared to older styles that use 2 gallons or more of water per minute.||Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth.|
|Washing hands and face||Approximately 1 gallon||Simply turn the faucet off before drying your hands and face. If you don't mind a little cold water in your face, don't run the faucet until it gets hot before using it. Install a low-flow rate faucet-head aerator to help reduce the amount of water used.|
|Shaving face and legs||Approximately 1 gallon||Turn-off the faucet while shaving.|
|Flusing toilet||3 gallons. Most all newer toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush, but many older toilets can use up to 4 gallons per flush.||Check for toilet leaks. Adjust the water level in your tank. Install a new high-efficiency, low-flush toilets. Consider using a composting toilet system.|
|Glasses of water you drink||8 oz. per small glass not including water for your cats or dogs. Also, the water used for cooking.||Since our bodies are made up of 70-80% water this is actually a great area to consume more water in. However, a lot of our water comes from the consumption of food. If your urine is not clear it means your body is dehydrated and you need to drink more water.|
|Outdoor watering||2 gallons per minute, depending on the force of your outdoor faucet. |
This many not sound like much but the large size of lawns and yards mean outdoor water use can be a significant use of water.
|Limit watering to two days a week or less.
Adjust sprinklers to reduce overspray and runoff. Add 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation. Collect rainwater for use on your lawn and garden.
Our data here is rather general in nature but it does give you some indication of where the water that comes into your home goes and some tips on how you can curb the use.
The video and websites listed below can give you a lot more detail and accurate estimate of your per-capita water use: