Whether you’re looking to save on your water bill, conserve in drought conditions, or lower your impact on the environment, there are many smart ways to save water at home.

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Get Low Flow Faucets, Toilets and Shower Heads

You can reduce the amount of water you use without turning the tap off a moment earlier, if you install low flow fixtures.

  • A low flow kitchen faucet can save you 3.5 gallons per minute
  • A low flow toilet can save you 5 gallons with each flush
  • Low flow showerheads can cut your gallons per minute by 40%

Check Your Kitchen Cupboards

Many of the foods we eat take more water than you expect to produce, so switch to their water-conscious alternatives.

  • Choose tea over coffee, because it takes 37 gallons of water to grow enough beans for one cup of coffee and only three gallons for a cup of tea
  • Eat chicken over beef, because it takes 1,847 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, but it only takes 518 to produce a pound of chicken
  • Buy broccoli over asparagus, because it takes 258 gallons to grow a pound of asparagus, but it only takes 34 gallons to grow a pound of broccoli

Water Your Plants the Smart Way

After you use water, you can often reuse it in your garden. Try using:

  • Water you used to boil pasta, just be sure to let it cool first
  • Cold water you used while waiting for the shower to heat up
  • Water you washed your fruit or vegetables in, collect it in a pan
  • Plus, water plants in the morning, before the sun can evaporate it

Save Water in Your Yard

Though often neglected, your yard is full of opportunities to conserve water, such as:

  • Use a pool cover to stop water from evaporating away
  • Turn fountains and water features off, or remove them
  • Collect rainwater to use on the lawn or in the garden
  • Don’t use power washers—brooms and sponges are fine

Check for Leaks

A single dripping faucet could waste 5 gallons of water a day, while a running toilet could waste 1,000 gallons per day. As some leaks are hard to see, like those in pipes, you should check your whole plumbing system for leaks. Here’s how:

  1. Find your water meter and write down what it reads out
  2. Turn off the water or just stop using it for a two-hour period
  3. Before turning the water back on, check your water meter
  4. If the read out has gone up, you have a leak somewhere


  1. https://www.mnn.com/money/sustainable-business-practices/sponsorstory/11-surprising-facts-that-will-change-your-water
  2. https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/food-water-footprint_n_5952862
  3. https://water.usgs.gov/edu/activity-drip.html
  4. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/03/17/the-incredibly-stupid-way-that-america-wastes-1-trillion-gallons-of-water-each-year