WATER ACTIONS

Update Water Appliances

 
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Choose Water-Saving Appliances

When it’s time to replace old appliances because they can’t be fixed or you’re looking to update, look for energy and water efficient appliances with the EnergyStar® logo.

  • Choose a high-efficiency washer

    Conventional washers built before 2011 use about 40 gallons-per-load; resource-efficient washers use as little as 15 gallons for the same job. When you replace your washing machine, look for EnergyStar®–certified energy-efficient models that can use about 20 percent less energy and 35 percent less water.

  • Wash full loads of clothes in cold water to further reduce both your water and energy use

    If possible, adjust the water level needed for each load.

  • Use a dishwasher rather than hand washing

    A dishwasher uses half the energy, one-third of the water, and less soap than washing by hand, especially if you use a shorter cycle.

  • Install an efficient dishwasher

    Skip the pre-rinse! Most new dishwashers clean so well that a quick dish-scrape will do. Be sure to wash only full loads.

 
 
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Install Water-Saving Fixtures

If you’re considering a remodel or something can’t be fixed, replace with products bearing the WaterSense logo—a stamp of approval for meeting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s water efficiency standards. Over time, these water-efficient fixtures will also save you money (check for local rebates!) as well as water. 

  • Replace older toilets with models that use 1.28 gallons or less per flush

    Toilets use the most water in our homes, accounting for nearly 30 percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption.

  • Install water-efficient showerheads that use less than 2.5 gallons-per-minute

    Showerheads that were manufactured before 1994 should be replaced. Older models can use more than three times the amount of water, simultaneously wasting energy to keep the extra water hot.

  • Install water-efficient aerators that use a maximum of 1.5 gallons-per-minute

    Up-to-date bathroom sink faucets and accessories can save energy and reduce a sink’s water flow by 30 percent or more without sacrificing performance.