How much water do you think you use every day? Chances are your numbers are low. When people become aware of how much they use, its easier to find ways to reduce the amount of water, and conserve for a better future.

How many gallons of water does it take to flush a toilet?

According to Denver Water, the average gallons used per flush is 2.4. You can reduce water in two ways: flush less, or install a new toilet that uses even less water. This is especially important if your toilet was installed before 1996, when toilets used 3 or more gallons per flush. You can also consider a dual flush toilet, which allows you to choose the amount of water used depending on what needs to be flushed.

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How many gallons of water does it take to use the shower?

The average person uses about 16 gallons of water to take a shower. The most obvious way to cut down on shower water usage is to take shorter showers. You can also increase efficiency by installing a low flow showerhead. Make sure its labeled WaterSense, and it will save up to 20 percent over a more conventional showerhead.

How much water does it take to do a load of laundry?

The average clothes washer uses an average of 30 gallons per load. If you do one load of laundry per day, that can add up to a lot of water. To save, you can reduce the number of loads and make sure you always start the washer with a full tub. You can also look into purchasing a more efficient washer. By choosing an Energy Star washer, you will save up to 15 gallons of water per load, and will save on your energy bill as well.

These are the three largest water usage items a residential home will use during the year. Did you predict how much water you truly use?

That’s the first step in conserving. Start now by making a plan to do one or more things to reduce your water this year. All it takes is a little work from all of us to make a huge difference. Start today.