It’s not only good for the environment but if you are in a city or large town, it will reduce your monthly water bill. That’s a Tail-Waggin’ win-win!
It’s smart, easy and saves money as well. Once you give it some thought there are many ways you can conserve water usage in your daily living without making it uncomfortable or unreasonable. Here are a few ways you can start:
(1) Don’t Let it Keep Running
Every drop counts so turn off the tap. Brushing your teeth and shaving are the most likely water bandits. Turn off the water when you do this, it can save an estimated eight gallons of water every day!
(2) Leaks: The Water Thieves
Amazing but true, the average household loses over than 10,000 gallons of water yearly because of leaks. Every the very smallest, almost unnoticeable leaks add up every minute of the day: faucets, showerheads and toilets need your inspection.
(3) Aerator Replacement
Showerheads and aerators can easily be replaced for significant results.A standard showerhead uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute. A low-flow showerhead uses 2.0 gallons of water per minute or less. Changing to a low-flow showerhead can save up to 2,900 gallons every year. Then there’s faucets which add up to about 19% of water usage in an average home. It just makes practical sense to change your faucet aerator. This small act results in big savings: in an average family you’ll conserve up to 700 gallons of water every year.
(4) Shorter Showers
We all love our hot showers as the water flows all over us bringing a feeling of rejuvenation. Still, you can enjoy it with a shorter duration. Older shower heads can use as much as much as 5 gallons of water per minute. That’s a lot of water. To get the true picture, buy 5 gallons of spring water and place them in a circle around your feet. You will use all five of those gallons every single minute you remain in the shower. It’s a lot to think about. Speed things up in the shower for some serious water savings.
(5) Replace Inefficient Toilets
Replacing a toilet one of the fastest ways of seeing a savings in water usage. Toilets are actually the main source of water usage in a home, accounting for about 30 percent nearly of all your indoor water use, and even – more if you have a leaking flapper. The Federal standards for toilets are 1.6 gallons per flush. New technology however, has toilets that use 50% of that amount of water. Replacing your toilet with a high-efficiency toilet is the way to go, it can help a you save up to 13,000 gallons of water every year.
(6) Hand-washing a lot of dishes?
Fill up your sink with water, instead of letting it run the entire time that you’re cleaning.
Take this tip from hard-core gardeners. They recycle water by catching the shower water as it takes time to warm up. A simple plastic bucket can collect the water and then be used to water plants.
(8) Make your dishwasher do the work
Pay attention to how often you run your dishwasher when its only partially filled, which uses gallons and gallons of water for less than a full dishwasher load. You’re not saving work for your dishwasher with half loads; in fact you are doubling the use of your dishwasher. It will wear out faster and use more electricity which both cost you money.
(9) Water Plants in the Morning
Because mornings are cooler temperatures, you’ll use less water for your plants. When it’s cool out you lose much less water to evaporation.
(10) Outdoor Dog Wash (Hey, this one’s personal)
Showerheads and aerators can easily be replaced for significant results. A standard showerhead uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute. A low-flow showerhead uses 2.0 gallons of water per minute or less. Changing to a low-flow showerhead can save up to 2,900 gallons every year. Then there’s faucets which add up to about 19% of water usage in an average home. It just makes practical sense to change your faucet aerator.
These small act results in big savings: in an average family you’ll conserve up to 700 gallons of water every year.