Water Energy-Saving Tips

Water Use
Did you know the average hot water use rates for the following activities?  



Clothes Washing




Automatic Dishwashing


Preparing Food


Hand Dishwashing


Water heating can account for 14% - 25% of the energy consumed in your home.

To conserve water and energy, we suggest you try the following:

  • Install covers on pools and spas to avoid water evaporation.
  • Insulate the first 6 feet of hot and cold water pipes. It reduces heat loss and can raise the water temperature 2° - 4°F.
  • Don’t use running water to thaw food.
  • Plug the bathtub before turning the water on.
  • When shopping for a new washing machine, dishwasher, or hot water heater look for Energy Star models. They will save water, energy, and money.
  • Install aerating, low-flow faucets and showerheads with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gpm. They’re cheap, easy to install, and save hundreds of gallons a week.
  • Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when full. You could save 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Soak pots and pans rather than let them sit under running water while you scrape them clean.
  • Turn off water while you brush your teeth and save 4 gallons a minute – that’s 10,000 gallons a year for a family of four.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk. You could save up to 80 gallons of water every time.
  • Repair leaky faucets promptly.
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F. It can save 3% - 5% in energy costs.
  • Take short showers instead of baths.
  • Consider installing a drain water waste heat recovery system. It could have an energy savings of 25% - 30%.
  • Insulate hot water heaters according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Consider using on-demand natural gas or tankless water heaters.
  • You might qualify for tax credits or rebates for buying a solar water heater.