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Ways to Save Water & Lower Your Bill

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Not only is saving water good for the environment and wildlife, doing so will also help you save money on your utility bill. We have a few ideas for you. 

 
Free Giveaways for Tacoma Water Customers:

Tacoma Water customers can visit the main Tacoma Public Utilities administrative building at 3628 S. 35th St. to get efficient showerheads, aerators, shower timers and leak detector dye tablets for your toilets - all free of charge. We can also perform a free home water walk through to determine potential sources of leaks. 
 
Call (253) 502-8191 or email conservation@cityoftacoma.org to find out more. 
 
 

 

Ways to Save Water

Leaks 

More than one trillion gallons of water are wasted in U.S. homes each year from easy-to-fix leaks. A leak at a rate of one drop per second can cost you an extra $1.38 per month, while a leaking water pipe wasting 250 gallons per day can cost you an extra $54.62 per month. 

Learn More About Finding and Fixing Leaks

Toilets

High efficiency toilets use 1.28 gallons of water per flush, while older models use between 3.5 and 7 gallons per flush. The average household could save up to 2,400 gallons per month by replacing an older toilet with a newer, efficient model. 

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How good is your toilet? Here's the cost per month for several options:
  • High efficiency, 1.28 gallons or less per flush: $3.77
  • Standard, 1.6 gallons per flush: $4.71
  • Model from 1980-1994, 3.5 gallons per flush: $10.30
  • Model from 1950-1980, 5 gallons per flush: $14.71

When shopping, look for the WaterSense label.

Watering & Yard Care

During the summer, water demand in our service area increases by about 60%, mostly due to outdoor water use. A 1,000-square-foot lawn being overwatered for 30 minutes each day for a week can cost you an extra $13.82 each month. That same lawn, watered just one inch per week with proper irrigation design will cost you just $6.41 a month. 
 
In this EnviroHouse video, watch Tacoma Water's conservation specialist Natalie Jones, discuss how to use water wisely by setting up a drip irrigation system.   

Learn More About Efficiently Caring for Your Yard

The Natural Lawn & Garden Series - Tips for creating healthy landscapes for a healthy environment 
 
 

Save Water with Showerheads, Faucets & Appliances

One of the simplest ways to save water and energy is to install water-efficient products.  Not only do they save water, but this can help reduce your electric bill.  Installing water efficient faucet aerators in your bathrooms, for example, costs just a few dollars but could save you enough electricity to dry your hair every day for a year.

By installing efficient showerheads, a family of four could save 3,600 gallons of water and $60 in utility costs per year. New, efficient showerheads use 1.5 to 2 gallons of water per minute, while showerheads manufactured before 1994 use 2.75 to 8 gallons per minute. 

How does your shower rate? See some of the ways your showerhead can cost you:
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  • Efficient, 2 gallons per minute, 5-minute shower: $3.89 per month
  • Efficient, 2 gallons per minute, 8.2-minute shower: $6.38 per month
  • Model from 1950-1994, 3 gallons per minute, 8.2-minute shower: $9.58
Tacoma Power can help you save up to $10 off a new, efficient showerhead. Find a variety of options and our instant rebate in retail locations near you.  
 
Free for Tacoma Water Customers:

Tacoma Water customers can visit the permit counter at the main Tacoma Public Utilities administrative building at 3628 S. 35th St. to get efficient showerheads, aerators, shower timers and leak detector dye tablets for your toilets - all free of charge. We can also perform a free, home-water walk through to generate a customized list of conservation options for your home.  
 
Faucets

Faucet aerators screw on to the end of your faucet and mix air with the water flow to reduce water use. Faucets with aerators can use as little as 0.5 gallons of water per minute, while typical faucets without aerators use 2.5 to 7 gallons per minute. An efficient faucet using .5 gallons per minute will cost you 80 cents per month, while a standard faucet using 2.5 gallons per minute can cost you $3.99 per month.

Dishwasher

Newer, more efficient dishwashers use 4.5 gallons of water per cycle, compared with older models that can use up to 14. The efficient dishwasher will cost you 58 cents per month, while a standard dishwasher using 9 gallons per load can cost you $1.15 per month. Make the most of each load by filling the dishwasher to capacity. If you wash dishes by hand, fill the sink and add soap rather than running the water as you wash. 

Clothes Washer

The average household washes 300 loads of laundry each year. Efficient clothes washers use 10 gallons of water per load, while standard models can use up to 40 gallons per load. Switching to a high-efficiency clothes washer will reduce your water use by 75%. 

See how different clothes washers stack up:

  • Efficient, 10 gallons per load: $1.99 per month
  • Efficient, 21 gallons per load: $4.17 per month
  • Standard, 41 gallons per load: $8.15 per month

 
 
Water Resources
  • Water Use Calculator - Home water conservation is easy once you understand how and where you can use less. The quick and easy Water Calculator shows you which water uses in your home are efficient and which are not and offers simple conservation tips that save water and energy.