When doing laundry, always wash full loads

●  Adjust the water level in the washer to the amount needed for the load.  Some of the new efficient washers will do this automatically.

When it’s time to replace the clothes washer, choose an energy- and water-efficient model 

●  ENERGY STAR labeled washers use 25 percent less energy and 33 percent less water than other washers. These models only use 14 gallons of water to thoroughly clean a load of laundry, while non-labeled washers use 20 gallons per load.


If washing dishes by hand, fill the sink with water rather than continually running the tap

Install an efficient dishwasher.

● Technological advances in dishwashers make it possible to use less water to achieve the same goal. Standard ENERGY STAR labeled dishwashers use 3.5 gallons or less per cycle and can save an average of 3,870 gallons over the course of their lifetime. These models also use less energy than non-labeled dishwashers.

● Dishwashers use less water than handwashing, particularly if you limit pre-rinsing. 

● For an updated list of efficient dishwasher models and their water and energy use, visit the CEE Qualifying Residential Dishwasher List.

Only wash full loads of dishes in the dishwasher.

Avoid using running water to thaw frozen foods, instead, defrost in the refrigerator overnight.


Find and fix any leaky faucets.

● A faucet leaking 60 drops per minute will waste 192 gallons (726.8 liters) per month. That is equal to 2,304 gallons (8.7 m3) per year.

Install efficient faucets and/or faucets and aerators.  

● The U.S. EPA WaterSense program labels efficient faucets and aerators that use a maximum of 1.5 gallons (5.7 liters) per minute. 

● Look for the WaterSense label when selecting new faucets or aerators.

Turn off the faucet when lathering hands, shaving or brushing teeth.