Whether you are looking to save money, or trying to reduce your environmental footprint, conserving water is important. The average household uses and wastes hundreds of gallons a day. In fact, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the average person wastes up to 30 gallons of water per day (www.epa.gov).
The amount of water being wasted is more than excessive, and it could be costing you a lot of money. There are easy methods to save water at home, however, that can keep your budget and the planet a little happier.
Bathroom and kitchen fixtures need to be replaced every so often. If it has been a long time since your fixtures were updated, you might find that new models help to conserve water. This is especially true for shower heads.
Replacing your old faucet aerators with low flow aerators will decrease the flow of water through your faucet without ever compromising water pressure. This can be done in all bathrooms and kitchen faucets.
New energy efficient dishwashers use a fraction the amount of water that older models do, and do a better job cleaning as well. Depending on its age, your old dishwasher could be flushing 10 to 20 gallons of water per load.
Energy efficient clothes washers make a huge difference to. The Energy Star website (www.energystar.gov) estimates that not only will an Energy Star washer use up to 35% less water, but will also use 20% less energy to run. On top of those savings, these new models can handle higher capacity loads so you can get the most out of each time you run the washer.
Regular Plumbing Maintenance
A big part of saving water in your home is proper plumbing maintenance. You want to ensure that your pipes are properly insulated and that there are no leaks in any appliances or pipes throughout your home.
One good way of figuring out if you have a leak somewhere is to check your meter. Allow a period of two or three hours to go by where you are not using any water in the home. If the number on the meter changes during this time, you likely have a leak.
When it comes to watering your yard or garden, set some ground rules. Make sure that you are only watering during the cooler parts of the day, in the morning or late evening, to avoid evaporation. Also, try watering your lawn less often but thoroughly soaking the lawn when you do water. This helps to ensure that the water you are using is enough to do the job and prevent evaporation of the water that you want to nourish your yard.
Turn It Off
Of course, the easiest way to save water in your home is to be vigilant about how much water you are using. Little changes can make a big difference when it comes to wasteful habits.
- Do not run water while you are brushing your teeth. Only turn the faucet on when you need to use the water, like wetting the toothbrush before brushing and rinsing after.
- Take quick showers rather than baths. A bath can use almost double the amount of water that a quick 10 minute shower would.
- When showering, turn off the water when you are soaping your body or hair. Just these few minutes can save you gallons of water.
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Posted August 24, 2014
by Gabriel Posternak.