The Toilet: 18.5 gallons a day per person. 26.7 percent of indoor water use.
The toilet comes in at number two for home water use. If you have more than six people in your household, your toilet usage can trump the water that goes on your yard. Some say "If it's yellow let it mellow," etc and so forth, but there are less disgusting techniques available.
Here are Some Suggestions
- Displace water in the toilet tank with a toilet dam or a weight.
- Use gray water in the toilet tank.
- Build a sink on top of your toilet. The used sink water can be used for toilet flushing.
- Buy a water-efficient toilet. Check out these other low flow toilets.
- A composting toilet is great for avid gardeners.
The Clothes Washer: 15 Gallons a Day Per Person. 21.7 Percent of Indoor Water Use
The clothes washer is the next biggest offender. And going to the laundry mat doesn't get you off the hook. You?re still using water. Here is how to use less of it.
- Wash clothes less often. They should be washed as needed. This will make your clothes last longer as well.
- Wash clothes with a washboard in old shower water.
- Replace top-loading washing machines with newer, front-loading machines.
- Or opt for a state-of-the-art water-saving model.
- Wash your hats with the dishes. You can also wash sponges, rags, mittens and sneakers on the top shelf of your dishwasher.
The dishwasher uses considerably less water than the clothes washer. In fact, the dishwasher didn't even make the EPA's list. It only uses one gallon of water a day per person, only 0.06 percent of the entire indoor and outdoor home water use.