Popular ways of reducing domestic water use involve making new installations such as efficient shower heads, low-flow toilets and tap aerators. These are all valid ways of minimizing water use, but they aren't the only ones. You can also reduce your home's water use without making new plumbing installations. Here are a few tips and tricks you can use:

Eliminate Leaks

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), leaks account for as much as 13.7% of indoor water use. This is approximately half of toilet water use in a typical household. Imagine how much water you will save by eliminating or reducing these leaks.

Common sources of water leaks include:

  • Leaky outlets such as taps and outdoor spigots
  • Poorly closed taps
  • Toilet leaks
  • Damaged/old washing machine hoses

A plumber can evaluate your plumbing system, identify all the leaks and plug them. For example, plugging a leaky tap may be as simple as replacing the washers.

Don't Flush Unnecessary Items

Flushing the toilet uses a lot of water; even low flow toilets use more than one gallon of water per flush. Imagine how many gallons you will be using per day if you like flushing unnecessary things such as facial tissues and cigarette butts. Use the toilet for its intended purpose so that you can minimize water use in this room.

Use Float Boosters in the Toilet

The fact that you have traditional, heavy-flow toilets does not mean that you have to confine yourself to heavy water use. Some of these toilets use as much as seven gallons of water per flush, and it doesn't have to be so.

You can reduce the amount of water in the toilet tank to reduce the flush volume. There are float boosters you can buy and use for this purpose, or you can just fill a couple of plastic bottles with pebbles and place them to displace some of the water out of the tank.

Use Washers for Full Loads

Lastly, you can also reduce your overall water consumption by reducing the amount of water you use for washing clothes and dishes. Automatic dishwashers and clothes washers are designed in such a way that they are more efficient on full load than on half load. Some washers allow you to adjust the water level to match a half load; do this if you can't wait to wash a full load of clothes or dishes.

If you have done all these and are still using a lot of water (as reflected in your water bill), then you may have a serious plumbing problem. It might be that you are experiencing a hidden water leak. Apart from inflated water bills, such leaks can also lead to mold growth or structural damage of your house, so you need to have it diagnosed and fixed (by companies such as R Acres Plumbing Company LLC).