It is easy to take fresh, clean water for granted. With weather conditions causing severe drought in some areas of the country, water conservation is something we should all work on. It is estimated that the average family of four uses about 400 gallons of water per day. While efficient fixtures and appliances do help minimize water usage, we can do more to save water at home.
1. Turn off Your Faucets to Save Water at Home
Turn off faucets when washing dishes, brushing your teeth, and shaving. The average bathroom faucet dispenses water at a rate of about 2 gallons per minute. Turn off the tap whenever possible to potentially save hundreds of gallons each month.
2. Use and Reuse Every Drop
Capture the water used to rinse clean fruits and vegetables in a bowl and use it to water your plants. You can also put a bucket in the shower to collect water while you are waiting for it to heat up.
3. Replace Old Appliances
Old appliances are far less water-efficient than newer ENERGY STAR models. Install a more efficient dishwasher to save water and energy costs. Invest in an energy efficient washing machine that uses less water to clean your clothes.
4. Save Water with Low-Flow Fixtures in the Bathroom
Older toilets use as much as 6 gallons per flush, while newer WaterSense models are designed to use only 1.6 gallons per flush. Pressurized shower heads restrict flow on the plumbing side while delivering strong pressure for your shower.
5. Shorten Showers
Set your kitchen timer and shorten your showers to 5 minutes or less. Reducing the amount of time you’re in the shower can conserve up to 50 gallons of water per day. If everyone in your family takes shorter showers, you can save thousands of gallons of water each year.
6. Collect Rainwater
Find ways to capture rainwater to save water at home. Using a rain barrel or other large receptacle, collect rainwater to water the garden, scrub the decks, and bathe the dog.
With a little forethought and practice, saving water at home will soon be second nature.