Water Conservation: How to Save Water and Money in Your Home
So much water is wasted every day, and more than 50% of that waste happens in the bathroom.
Here are a few tips to cut back water consumption in the bathroom:
- Adding a low flow shower head can cut water usage by 20,000 gallons a year. Less water to heat means more money saved.
- Low flow toilets – they’re required now in most new construction homes. These newer toilets use only about 1/3 of the water of older toilets.
- Add an aerator to your faucets. They cut down on water usage by actually mixing air bubbles into the stream – with just as much pressure, but a lot less water.
If you’d prefer not to spend any money … here are some other simple ways you can conserve water and save money:
- Turn the water off while brushing your teeth.
- Fill an empty milk jug with stones (clean it first) and place it in your toilet tank to displace excess water. This can save you up to 5-10 gallons per person, per day.
- Don’t use your toilet as a trash can. This will help you flush less and help the sanitation efforts of your city water department.
- If you can reduce your shower time to around 4 minutes you could save about 3,600 gallons a year. (Tip: if you listen to music while showering ... limit the shower to one or two songs.)
- About 30% of our water consumption happens outdoors, watering lawns and gardens is the biggest portion. Understanding proper watering techniques for your lawn and the use of rain barrels can help curb some of that outdoor usage.
- Another way to reduce outdoor water consumption is to eliminate the weekly car wash at home. The average garden hose sprays about 10 gallons a minute compared to a professional car wash that uses about 35 gallons per car. Plus consider this: if you wash your car at home you’ll be sending oil, detergents and other pollutants down the storm drain.
Try some of these strategies to help conserve this precious resource and save a little money in the process. Click Here for more helpful home tips.