Water use can be direct – turning on a tap – and indirect – the water it takes to produce the goods and services you buy, use and consume every day. You might be surprised how much water you use around your home outside of your kitchen and bathroom. Over time, that use can really add up.
Take our Water Footprint Calculator to find out how much water you use directly and indirectly each day. We offer lots of tips and advice for lowering your water use. Read on to learn how to save water in areas around your house other than the kitchen and bathroom.
- Only use your washing machine when it’s completely full.
- If you're in the market for a new washer, choose an ENERGY STAR certified model - it will save you gallons of water per load.
- If you can, dry your clothes on a drying rack or a clothes line. Remember, saving energy saves water too because it takes a lot of water to create electricity.
- Don’t over-water your plants! Many plants die from over-watering. When you water your plants, poke at the soil with your finger. If the soil is dry and hard, give your plants some water, but if the soil is damp, leave your poor plant alone!
- Keep a bucket or pitcher in your kitchen for disposing of leftover drinking water, water used for rinsing vegetables, and water that was used for boiling food. When it’s time to water your plants, you can use this “recycled” water instead of filling up your watering can from the tap.
- If you're building a new house, or re-doing the plumbing in your old house, consider setting up a greywater system. These systems allow you to re-use the water from your sinks, laundry machine and dishwasher for watering plants and flushing toilets.
- When buying any new appliances or fixtures, take their water consumption into account. There are a host of water-saving toilets, showerheads, washing machines and dishwashers available that will save water and save you money.
Learn more about saving water in other areas of your home.
Did You Know?
All of the water that flows into our homes is good enough to drink. That’s right – the water in your toilet, washing machine, hose and faucet all comes from the same place, and it’s all been treated and tested to be clean and safe for human consumption. The next time you turn on the tap, flush the toilet or run a household appliance, remember that all the water you use is precious. Do your best to use it sparingly.