There are a number of different ways that you can save water in your home. Any efforts you make will trim down your water bill, leading to robust annual savings. Not only will you save money, you’ll be a better steward of the environment. At any rate, the one rate that continues to climb significantly faster than any other expense is water. Water rates have climbed upwards of 70% over the last ten years, compared to just a 10-20% increase in other expenses.
- Turn off your faucet when you’re doing small tasks like brushing your teeth and shaving. You only need a drop of water to wet your toothbrush and a little more to rinse when you’ve finished brushing. Two-minutes for every member of your household brushing at least twice a day – that adds up quickly!
- Use your dishwasher! People often find this hard to believe, but your dishwasher is more sustainable and efficient than hand washing your dishes. People waste a ton of water when hand washing dishes, especially with the faucet running endlessly. When using your dishwasher, just be certain to wash a full load at once. Do not pre-rinse the dishes, and also set the machine to the shortest cycle. Also, when it’s time to replace your appliance, upgrade to an energy-efficient model.
- There’s similar advice with regard to washing machines. Again, as you run the dishwasher on the shortest cycle, you should also wash your clothes on the shortest cycle. Did you know that when you use the Permanent Press cycle, it uses both warm and cold water – and has an extra rinse. With a decent detergent, pre-treatment of tough stains, any the correct temperature for fabrics, any cycle will work equally well to clean your laundry.
- People enjoy long showers to unwind and help wake themselves up in the morning. The average American shower lasts about 8 minutes and uses at least 16 gallons of water? That’s two gallons per minute down the drain. Try washing your hair less frequently; many people discover they can out daily washing and their hair actually becomes healthier and less oily. If washing your hair less or taking fewer showers is not an option for you, simply try cutting down on your time by 1-2 minutes each time you bathe. It will add up!
- Keep a pitcher of water in your refrigerator – instead of letting the tap run when you want a refreshing cold glass of water.
- Install a low-floe shower head. The average shower-head flow today is at least 2 gallons per minute, while a low-flow shower head can emit 1.8 gallons per minute. While that seems like a minor difference, it will certainly add up to monthly savings on your water bill.
- Repair leaky faucets. Did you know a faucet that leaks 60 drops per minute will waste nearly 200 gallons per month and over 2,300 gallons per year?
- Upgrade your toilet. Older toilets use between 3.5 – 7 gallons of water per flush. A high-efficiency toilet typically uses about 1-2 gallons per flush.
- Upgrade new appliances like dishwashers and washing machines only when you need to do so. Don’t replace a perfectly good working appliance. However, when it’s time, replace that appliance with an energy-efficient model.