How To Conserve Water In The Home
The average homeowner in the U.S. consumes approximately 105 gallons of water each DAY. Multiple this by 126 million and you can see why water conservation is so important!
There are several steps you can take today to lower the water consumption in your home. Let’s look at a few:
First, consider the bathroom.
Showering accounts for nearly 20 percent of all indoor water use. To put it in stark terms, 1.2 trillion gallons of water are used each year during showers.
Try to follow these simple water saving tips:
- Limit yourself to showers that are five minutes or less.
- Use cold water whenever possible.
- Don’t let the water run while you are brushing your teeth.
- Keep the water level low when bathing.
- Turn off water when lathering up in shower.
- Flush the toilet less.
Secondly, there is the kitchen.
We spend a great deal of time in the kitchen, which can result in a huge amount of wasted water.
Let’s look at a few conservation tips for this room:
- Never thaw frozen food under running water, always use the refrigerator or microwave.
- Try to avoid using the garbage disposal and compost instead.
- Thoroughly scrap your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Do not rinse them.
- Only run the dishwasher when there is a full load.
- Purchase a water saving dishwasher when you are able.
- Do not run the water continuously when washing dishes. Fill up both sinks to wash and rinse.
- Keep cool water in the refrigerator and never run the tap water continuously waiting for it to cool.
Third, let’s explore the laundry room.
The laundry room is not utilized as often as the bathroom or kitchen but it can still be a massive source of water waste.
Here are a few tips for better utilizing your laundry room water usage:
- Periodically yet frequently, check your hoses for leaks.
- If your washer has a water volume variable setting, always select the minimum amount of water required per load.
- If your washer has no load size settings, never operate with less than a full load.
- Always use the shortest wash cycle on your washing machine if possible.
More Tips To Consider
While these are the areas to be most concerned with, there are plenty of other places that need attention.
Here are a few general tips to help you conserve water in your home:
- Try to avoid water-to-air heat pumps or air conditioners. Use the air-to-air models.
- Ensure all water pipes have proper insulation. This speeds up the water heating process dramatically.
- Save excess water for other uses rather than pouring down the drain.
- Fix all leaky drain plugs.
- Check all water based implements for leaks, especially sinks and toilets.
- Install water saving showerheads.
- Replace your washing machine with a newer water saving model.
- Turn off water softeners while on vacation.
Taking advantage of some or all of these tips will reap great rewards for you financially and for the environment. You can expect to save up to 20,000 gallons of water a year simply by concentrating on water conservation.