Many people don’t think of water as a limited resource, but it is. In fact, less than 1% of the water on the planet is used by humans. Most of the Earth’s water supply is frozen in glaciers or is located in the oceans where we don’t have massive-scale desalination processes to render it usable.
Keep reading to learn how you can reduce the amount of water you use in your home.
How can I save water at home?
According to the EPA, up to 10% of homes across the United States have leaks that waste more than 90 gallons of water per day! Keep an eye out for these signs of a leak:
Unusually high water bills
Stains on walls or ceiling
A constant sound of running water
Low water pressure
Fixing any leaking plumbing fixtures is another great way to save the water used in your home. A leaking toilet can waste more than 200 gallons of water per day—that’s the equivalent of flushing the toilet 50 times in a row! Find and fix all hidden water leaks to save your home water and money.
Use Eco-Friendly Cooking Methods
There are many ways to cut back on the water you use (and waste) while cooking or washing dishes in the kitchen. Try steaming your vegetables or filling the sink with water as your wash dishes instead of letting it run—better yet, fill and run your dirty dishes through the dishwasher to cut back on excessive water waste.
Upgrade Your Fixtures
Did you know that your toilet uses up to 30% of the water used in your home? Upgrading older toilets, dishwashers, faucets, pipes, and other home amenities can significantly reduce the amount of water you use for your daily activities. If you replace your old toilet with a WaterSense model, you can save almost 13,000 gallons of water annually.
Reduce Water Waste in Your Every Day Activities
According to the EPA, the average American uses approximately 88 gallons of water...per day! Upgrading your fixtures and appliances to WaterSense or ENERGY STAR labeled models can help you cut back on your water usage, but they’re also larger investments that could take some time to implement at home. Here are some easy ways you can save water starting today:
Skip the Bath
Some people think that baths are more eco-friendly because they don’t require you to leave the shower running, however, filling a bathtub can take up to 70 gallons of water. If you have a standard showerhead that flows at a rate of 2.5 gallons of water per minute, you’re only using 25 gallons of water for a 10-minute shower.
If you want to save even more water, consider using a timer to help you take shorter showers, or upgrade your showerhead to a WaterSense labeled model that only flows at a rate of 2 gallons per minute.
Turn Off the Faucet
It’s an age-old adage—but does turning off the tap while brushing your teeth actually save water?
If your sink flows at a rate of 1.5 gallons of water per minute and it takes you two minutes to brush your teeth you could use up to 3 gallons of water every single time you brush your teeth. Considering the fact that you likely brush your teeth at least two times per day for a total of 7 days per week—just one person in your home could be using up to 42 gallons of water every week!
Turning off the tap while shaving and brushing your teeth can save you almost 5,700 gallons of water every year.
Water Your Lawn Efficiently
Set your sprinklers to water your lawn in the early morning hours of the day. Once the sun has risen you can lose as much as 50% of the water due to evaporation, wind, and inefficient irrigation systems.
Whether you’re ready to reduce your water footprint, need help finding a hidden leak, or have a plumbing emergency, our team is Always here for you. Contact the plumbing professionals at Always Plumbing Heating and Air today to schedule an appointment.