Newsflash: Water Wastes Energy

Dental hygiene is important

We have some tips on reducing the amount of energy used by your household. Several of these facts aren’t well know, but as a landlord and renovation expert I’ve become well versed on the energy used to sustain us day in and day out. Let’s look at ways we can all work together to save energy on water now, but also for future generations.

The drought has been declared over by Governor Jerry Brown, but that doesn’t mean water wasting doesn’t make a difference. It actually takes a ton of energy to clean the water we get in our kitchen faucets, outdoor hoses, and bathroom tubs, sinks, and toilets.

According to the EPA “the average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.”

That adds up to a lot of strain on the power grid. It’s something to be mindful of when you spot a leak. Call us immediately if you have an issue.

In between handyman visits you can stop a leak by shutting off the valve below the sink, or behind toilet. Call me if you have questions, or watch this YouTube video for easy step by step instructions.

Identify problem areas. An average family of four uses 881 gallons of water per week just by flushing the toilet. The average 5-minute shower takes 15-25 gallons of water–around 40 gallons are used in 10 minutes. You use about 5 gallons of water if you leave the water running while brushing your teeth (

If you are not sure where to start, San Francisco County also has free water evaluation programs for residential customers. But, if you’d like to tackle these issues yourself start with this checklist we pulled from National Geographic.


  1. Check all faucets, pipes and toilets for leaks.
  2. Install water saving showerheads and ultra-low-flush toilets.
    • If you use a low-flow showerhead, you can save 15 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower, according to Nat Geo.
  3. Take shorter showers.
    • It takes about 70 gallons of water to fill a bathtub, so showers are generally the more water-efficient way to bathe.
  4. Never use your toilet as a wastebasket.
    • All of those flushes can add up to nearly 20 gallons a day down the toilet. If you still have a standard toilet, which uses close to 3.5 gallons a flush, you can save by retrofitting or filling your tank with something that will displace some of that water, such as a brick.
  5. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
    • You use about 5 gallons of water if you leave the water running while brushing your teeth.
  6. Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator.
  7. Rinse vegetables in a full sink or pan of water.
  8. Fully load your dishwasher.
    • Dishwashing is a relatively small part of your water footprint—less than 2% of indoor use—but there are always ways to conserve. Using a machine is actually more water efficient than hand washing, especially if you run full loads.
  9. Rinse dishes in a full sink or pan of water.
  10. Wash full loads of clothes


Keep up with our blog for more conservation tips in the coming days, weeks, and months. 🙂


All the best,


Anna Kihagi


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