How to Save Water Indoors
Save water with good habits, plumbing fixtures and appliances.
Get a free water and energy-savings kit
Helix Water District has partnered with San Diego Gas & Electric and is offering free kits that conserve water and reduce energy use, a win for your wallet and the environment.
A no-cost kit includes a hand held low-flow shower head, three faucet aerators and a LED sensor night light. These easy-to-install items maintain a high-pressure flow while reducing water usage up to 11%. When you save water, you’re also saving energy used for water-heating, which can help lower your monthly energy bill.
Kits are available to SDG&E residential gas customers and are limited to one per household every ten years. To have your free kit mailed to your home visit sdge.com/waterkit. Or visit Helix’s Administration Office in La Mesa, where you can receive your kit in person after completing a pledge form.
It takes a little effort to start a good habit, but it won’t be long before you do the right thing without even thinking about it.
Save 2.5 Gallons per Minute
That’s the flow rate of most faucets
Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
Turn off the water while shaving
Take a shorter shower
Chill a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running water until it cools
Don’t thaw frozen foods with running water
Wash produce in a bowl of water instead of running water
Scrape dirty dishes instead of rinsing them
Don’t leave the water running when rinsing washed dishes
Save Water Every Time …
Save up to 5 gallons per flush every time you don’t use your toilet as a wastebasket
Save up to 4.5 gallons each time you don’t use the dishwasher — only wash full loads
Save up to 50 gallons every time you don’t do a load of laundry — only wash full loads
Good Plumbing Fixtures
If you have old plumbing fixtures in your home, replacing them with new, WaterSense labeled fixtures could save a lot of water. WaterSense is a partnership between manufacturers and the Environmental Protection Agency to improve water efficiency. Look for this label when shopping for plumbing fixtures and look below to see how much more efficient the new fixtures are. Look for available rebates, too.
1.28 GPF / 2011
1.6 / 1992
5.0 / 1975
GPF = Gallons per Flush
2.0 GPM / 2011
2.5 / 2009
3.5 / 1975
GPM = Gallons per Minute
1.5 GPM / 2011
2.2 / 2009
2.5 / 1975
GPM = Gallons per Minute
The Quick Fix for Faucets . . .
Purchase aerators with a flow rate of just 1.5 or 2.0 gallons per minute at your local hardware store. Then unscrew the tip of each of your faucets, being careful not to scratch the chrome, and replace the old aerators with the new ones. It’s easy to do and you’ll save water by the minute.
Energy Star is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency to make appliances and other products energy efficient. Appliances that have an Energy Star label are also the most water efficient products on the market. Look below at how water efficiency has improved over the years. Look for available rebates, too.
4.25 GPC / 2012
5.8 / 2009
16 / 1994
GPC=Gallons per Cycle
6.0 GPCF / 2011
8.5 / 2009
15 / 1992
GPCF = Gallons per Cubic Foot of Capacity
(Most washers have 3-4 cubic feet of capacity)