Around the House
Californians use an average of 196 gallons of water per day. Here are some easy ways to reduce water use.
Saves 110 gallons each month.
Fill The Bathtub
Halfway Or Less
Saves 12 gallons per bath.
Recycle Indoor Water
& Use For Plants
Saves gallons of water each month.
Install A High-Efficiency Toilet
Saves 19 gallons per person/day.
Turn Off Water When
Brushing Teeth or Shaving
Saves 10 gallons per person per day.
Wash Full Loads
of Clothes & Dishes
Washer: saves 15–45 gallons per load.
Dishwasher: saves 5–15 gallons per load.
Saves 1.2 gallons per person per day.
Shower for only
Saves 12.5 gallons with a water
efficient showerhead per shower.
Around the Yard
On average, Californians use 30-60% of their water outdoors. Here are some easy outdoor tips to reduce water use.
What Should I Plant?
Check with your local water agency and if you can water at least two times a week, you can plant water-wise plants and shade trees. This is not the time to install new lawn or thirsty, non-California friendly plants.
Trees & Plants
Saves 30–60 gallons per
1000 sq. ft. each time.
Install Drip Irrigation
& Add A Smart Controller
Saves 15 gallons each time you water
& saves 24+ gallons per day.
Blades to 3″
Encourages deeper roots &
saves 16–50 gallons per day.
Reimagine Your Yard
Feed your vegetables & fruits water first because they feed you! Water-wise plants and shade trees use little or no water once established. Thirsty plants such as lawn and container plants are the lowest priority. If you have to cut back, start here.
Adjust Sprinkler Heads
& Fix Leaks
Saves 12–15 gallons each time you water & a leak about as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month!
Use a Broom to Clean Outdoor Areas
Saves 8–18 gallons/minute.
Saves 20–30 gallons per
1000 sq. ft. each time you water.
Saving Energy and Money
Improve your home’s comfort and efficiency with WaterSense and Energy Star products.
Look for WaterSense and EnergyStar labels to help you identify these valuable products for both indoors and out. These water-saving options provide the same quality you’ve come to expect as a consumer with added benefit, water conservation. To earn the WaterSense or Energy Star label a product or service has been certified to be at least 20% more efficient without sacrificing performance.
A full-sized ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer uses 13 gallons of water per load, compared to the 23 gallons used by a standard machine. That's a savings of more than 3,000 gallons of water and a savings $40 on your utility bill each year!
A dishwasher built before 1994 wastes more than 10 gallons of water per cycle. A new, ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher will save, on average, 1,600 gallons of water over its lifetime. Additionally, you will save $35 a year on your utility bill each year.
Faucets and Aerators
Replacing old, inefficient faucets and aerators with WaterSense labeled models can save the average family 700 gallons of water per year, equal to the amount of water needed to take 40 showers.
The average family could save 2,900 gallons per year by installing WaterSense labeled shower heads. Since these water savings will reduce demands on water heaters, they will also save energy and money. In fact, the average family could save more than 370 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power a house for 13 days.
ENERGY STAR certified heat pump water heaters can save a household of 4 approximately $330 per year on its electric bills compared to a standard electric water heater and over $3,500 over the HPWH’s lifetime.
Replacing a standard clock timer with a WaterSense labeled irrigation controller can save an average home nearly 8,800 gallons of water annually.