Taking steps to conserve water in your home can help you, your community, and the environment. More communities across the country are finding it difficult to maintain water supplies that are both healthy and affordable, according to the EPA. It also takes a significant amount of energy to process both clean water and waste water.
There are plenty of ways you can conserve water both in and outside of your home, which can save you money on water bills while helping the environment at the same time.
1. Turn the water off…
- While brushing your teeth. You’ve probably heard that before, but did you know it can save as much as 3,000 gallons of water a year? That’s a lot of water for just a couple of minutes a day.
- While shaving at the sink. Instead, plug the sink and use as little water as you can to rinse off your razor.
2. Use cold water…
- To wash dark clothes. This is recommended for darks anyhow to keep them from fading, but it can save a good deal of energy after so many loads over the course of a year.
3. Take shorter showers
- Even reducing your daily shower time by a minute or two can save around 150 gallons of water a month.
4. Check and upgrade fixtures
- High-efficiency faucets with a WaterSense label can reduce flow by 30% without skimping on performance.
- Consider replacing the faucet aerator- an inexpensive fix- as it determines flow rate.
- Look for a low-flow showerhead with a gpm (gallons per minute) of 2.5 or less for maximum efficiency.
- Toilets account for about 30% of indoor water use and are often the source of wasted water due to undetected leaks and inefficiency.
- High-efficiency toilets can save a significant amount of water and money over the course of the toilet’s lifetime.
- Test for toilet leaks regularly; leaks are usually difficult to detect without testing.
- Replace the toilet flapper- a very quick and easy way to save water.
5. Check for leaks…
- Both indoors and out. One drip every second adds up to 5 gallons of water wasted a day.
What steps will you take to conserve water today? Find out all the ways you can save at: http://www.epa.gov/greenhomes/ConserveWater.htm