Lowe's Home Improvement

Here are some easy tips and interesting facts to help maximize the water savings in your home.

Faucets

  • • Repair any water faucet leaks. A leaky faucet is an inefficient faucet.
  • • A high-performing, water-efficient WaterSense® labeled bathroom sink faucet or aerator will help you reduce water use in your home and save money on water bills.

Toilets

  • • A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons of water a day. Check for leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If you have a leak, color will appear in the bowl within 15 minutes. Flush as soon as you're done with this test to avoid staining the tank.
  • • Compared to a 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf) toilet, a WaterSense labeled toilet that flushes at 1.28 gpf or less could save a family of four more than $90 annually on their water bill, and $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilet.

Shower Heads

  • • Low flow shower heads reduce the demand on hot water heaters and lower water bill costs.
  • • Showering is one of the top uses of residential water in the United States, representing approximately 17% of indoor water use more than 1.2 trillion gallons of water each year.
  • • A seven-minute shower uses less water than a full bath.

Backyard Water Savings Strategies

  • • Collect rainwater in old plastic containers and buckets to help conserve water. Make sure to cover the containers once they're full so the water doesn't evaporate, then store them for a dry day to use for watering.
  • • Purchase soakers instead of sprinklers, and use them in the morning or evening when the temperature is cooler.
  • • Use mulch in your yard to help retain moisture and cut down on the amount of watering you need to do.
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