All homes could benefit from an audit — but homes that are more than 20 years old will see the most savings. Landlords and property managers are also encouraged to schedule audits at all of their properties. Commercial, industrial, or institutional properties may also get audited. Indoor audits are available year-round. Sign up for indoor water audits here.
Take a shorter shower. Shower heads flow at a rate of 2.5 gallons per minute. Shortening your shower by two minutes can save five gallons of water.
Check toilets for leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet has a leak, color will appear in the bowl within 15 minutes.
If you have a leak, fix it!
Consider purchasing a water efficient toilet that uses 20 percent less water while offering equal or superior performance.
Repair dripping faucets and shower heads. A drip rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.
A full bathtub can require up to 70 gallons of water, while taking a five minute shower uses only 10 to 25 gallons.
Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can save eight gallons of water per day.
Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes or lower the water setting for smaller loads.
Efficient washing machines can save up to 50 percent of water and electricity.