In this guide, we outline how you might save water at home.
You can apply this to common household areas like the kitchen, bathroom, laundry, garden and more.
Summary – How To Save Water At Home
- We use water directly, and indirectly at home
- The main areas to focus on saving water in the home in terms of direct water use, based on % water usage stats, might be with your toilet, shower (& bath), washing, taps/faucets, and outdoor/garden water use. Fixing leaks around the home is another underrated and not as commonly mentioned way
- There’s two other indirect ways you might save water in the home – with the foods you eat and waste/throw out, and with the products and services you use
Direct vs Indirect Water Use – What’s The Difference?
How To Save Water Directly At Home
Firstly, you want to know how we use water around the home. We put together two guides which outline this:
- How Much Water We Use At Home & How We Use It
- How Much Water Common Household Appliances & Devices Use
A small excerpt from that information shows us:
– A 2016 update of the 1999 study measured the average quantities and percent shares of seven indoor end uses of water:
- 24% Toilets
- 3% Baths
- 20% Showers
- 17% Clothes Washers
- 1% Dishwashers
- 19% Faucets
- 4% Other Domestic Uses
– Of the water we use at home …
- 35% goes towards bathing and showering, 30% to flushing the toilet, 20% to laundry, 10% to cooking and drinking, and 5% to cleaning (thewaterweeat.com)
In arid and hotter environments, a large portion or even majority of water use can occur outside in the yard, on lawns and plants, or garden.
Based on these stats, some ways to save water around the home directly might be:
- Use Water Efficient Appliances & Devices
Such as washing machines, dishwashers, taps, showers, sprinklers and irrigation systems, hoses, and so on.
- Fix Leaks & Water Loss
In pipes, fittings, hoses, taps, toilets, showers and so on.
- In Bathing and Showering
Make sure your shower is fitted with a water efficient shower head, and run no more water in the bath than you need to. You can also try taking quicker showers.
- Flushing the toilet
There are ‘green’ toilets available. You can also make sure a half flush option in available on your toilet for number 1’s (urinating) where suitable.
Having a water efficient ‘green’ washing machine is a good option. Also, making sure you only wash full loads (as opposed to partial or light loads of clothes), and using the quick cycle function where practical will also save water.
Make sure your tap fixtures are water efficient, and don’t run the tap on full speed if you don’t have to. Be mindful about how long you are running the tap.
This is a BIG one too – make sure to fix any leaky pipes or taps you have around the house. Leaking water is one of the biggest causes of water loss in homes.
- And, if you have lawns and gardens you water a lot – outside in the garden
Try to choose plants and grasses that need less water to grow and be maintained (and ones that are suitable to the climate you live in), and make sure your hose and watering systems are water efficient, aren’t leaking, run on timers, and run at night where there may be less evaporation.
How To Save Water Indirectly At Home
You can save water indirectly via:
- Considering the foods you eat and their water footprints, and, not wasting or throwing out food
- And, considering the indirect water footprint of the products and services you use – such as the type of energy providing your electricity and how water efficient it is, how efficient you are with electricity, and so on