The average household's leaks can account for 10,000 gallons of wasted water every year. It's the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.
A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That's the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers!
A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That's the amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher.
Toilets, by far, are the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30% of a home's indoor water consumption.
If the average family replaces its older, inefficient toilets with new WaterSense labeled models, it could save 13,000 gallons per year.
Retrofitting the house could also save about $120 per year in water costs, and $2,400 over the lifetime of the toilets. Replacing older inefficient toilets is more cost effective, it pays to replace and keeps money in your pocket.
Water Heaters are the second highest source of energy usage in the home. Energy Star certified water heaters use 14% to 55% less energy than equipment that meets the minimum federal standards.
Choosing an Energy Starcertified high efficiency electric storage hot water heater, known as a heat pump or hybrid water heater, instead of a standard model can save $3,000 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the water heater for an average household.