You may be shocked by the amount of water that you use on a daily basis- especially during the summer months. According to the L.A. Times, we use up to twice as much water as we think that we do and much more than we need. In fact, the average American uses close to 100 gallons of water a day.

Running garden hoses, pools and summer cookouts during the summertime puts additional strain on your plumbing and drains. We’ve put together a list of ways that you can save water.

Replace or Retrofit Your Toilets. Your bathrooms account for nearly half of the water used in your home- your toilet alone uses 27%. If you have an older toilet, you can save a significant amount of water immediately by replacing it with a more energy-efficient model. Look for a toilet with a WaterSense label or check to make sure your model uses no more than 1.28 GPF (Gallons Per Flush). Compare 1.28 GPF with the 3-7 GPF of older toilets and you’ll see why updating your model is a good idea!

Take a Bucket to the Shower. We don't recommend that you attempt to shower with a bucket but use the bucket to save the water that is typically wasted before the water warms up. Use the water you save to water your plants or clean your bathroom.

Save Time and Water By Using Your Dishwasher. No one likes cleaning up after a summer barbeque. The good news is that you can save time, effort and most often energy and water by using the dishwasher to clean up. Just make sure that you skip pre-rinsing your dishes first and load your dishwasher properly.

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