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Using Water Efficiently


The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home. Roughly 70 percent of this use occurs indoors. Nationally, outdoor water use accounts for 30 percent of household use yet can be much higher in drier parts of the country.

It takes a considerable amount of energy to deliver and treat the water you use every day. For example, letting your faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours.

The WaterSense label will help you identify high-efficiency products, homes and programs. These water efficient options provide the same performance and quality you’ve come to expect, but with the added benefit of water savings.

Using water efficiently is key to saving water and energy

Using water efficiently is key to saving water and energy

Products bearing the WaterSense label:

  • Perform as well or better than their less efficient counterparts.
  • Are 20 percent more water efficient than average products in that category.
  • Realize water savings on a national level and provide measurable water savings results.
  • Achieve water efficiency through several technology options.

Other things you can do after buying products with the WaterSense Label:

  • Fix leaks at home.
  • Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Use showers rather than bath.
  • Plug up the sink or use a wash basin if washing dishes by hand
  • Use dishwashers when it’s fully loaded, and scrape plates instead of rinsing them.