Did you know that the average American household uses about 400 gallons of water per day? Take that number times all the households in the U.S. and you get… well, let’s just say that’s a lot of water! With that enormous consumption in mind, it’s good to remember that water is a precious commodity and should not be taken for granted. Most times we don’t consider the possibility of a water shortage, but there is a responsibility to conserve water whenever possible. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, and most are easier than you think. Here’s a few water-saving tips you can use at home.
First, address obvious areas of water waste by repairing leaking faucets, toilets and outdoor water spouts. Here are some other ideas that are not so obvious that can lead to a significant reduction in your water usage:
- Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth – this can save about 1.5 gallons of of water per minute.
- Cut down on shower time. Showers can use between 2 and 12 gallons of water per minute. Or better yet, reduce the amount of showers you take per week. Ask yourself if you really need two showers a day.
- Use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher – this eliminates unnecessary make-up washes in between.
- If you must water your lawn, garden or plants, do so with a watering can rather than a hose. A garden hose uses up to 250 gallons per hour. It’s also a good idea to water the mulch around your plants in the early morning and late afternoon: this will not only save water but reduce evaporation.
- Time to replace worn-out household fixtures or appliances? Buy water-efficient showerheads, taps, toilets, washing machines, dishwashers and other water-saving products.
- Hot water recirculation pumps can greatly reduce the amount of water waste as well as provide hot water convenience. These systems slowly pump hot water through your hot water pipes and back to the water heater, providing a constant circulation of hot water when you want it. Because hot water is delivered much faster less water is wasted while it is heating up.
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