Water is essential to our everyday lives. Water supplies are limited, so using water wisely has never been more important. 20% of California’s total electricity consumption is related to the transportation and treatment of water, as well as the disposal of wastewater. 11% of the state’s electricity consumption is related to residential, commercial and industrial end-use.
Therefore, reducing water usage is also good for reducing energy usage – the less water required by residents, the less water needs to be treated, transported and disposed. Cutting water use inside and outside your home is key. If you simply changed your personal water-use habits, you could contribute to saving countless gallons of water. The best part about saving water is that you save money in the process!
See the tips below to get started on the road to being water-smart!
How much water do we use?
Being conscious of how much water you use is the first step to reducing your overall water usage. Overall residential water usage is broken down in to two components: Indoor and outdoor. Outdoor water usage is more than indoor water usage for a typical residential home.
Overall Indoor and Outdoor Water Usage
Typical Indoor Household Water Usage
What can you do about it?
Indoor Water Tips
Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes.
Maximizing your water use for laundry and dishes can save up to 50 gallons per week.
Fix household leaks promptly.
By fixing leaky sinks and toilets you can save up to 20 gallons per day.
Spend only 5 minutes in the shower.
Taking shorter showers saves up to 8 gallons each time.
Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.
Turning off faucets when not in-use can save up to 2.5 gallons per minute.
Buy water-saving devices like high-efficiency toilets and clothes washers.
Upgrading to high-efficiency water appliances can save 19 gallons per day. Some of these clothes washers are eligible for rebates!
Outdoor Water Tips
Water your lawn 1 to 2 days a week instead of 5 days a week.
Using less water on your lawn saves up to 840 gallons per week.
Check your sprinkler system for leaks, overspray, and broken sprinkler heads.
Doing these simple repairs can save up to 500 gallons per month.
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.
Cleaning up without water can save up to 150 gallons each time.
Install a smart sprinkler controller that adjusts watering based on weather, soil type, amount of shade and plant type.
Upgrading your sprinkler system can save up to 40 gallons per day. Rebates available.
Water your plants in the early morning or evening to reduce evaporation and ineffective watering due to wind.
Morning and evening watering can save up to 25 gallons each time.