Let’s start indoors since the average American home uses up to 70% of their water inside, depending on the season. What’s the best way to embrace water conservation at home? It really boils down to two things. The first is changing your habits. Believe it or not, being smarter about how you shower, brush your teeth, and do the dishes can make a big impact when it comes to house much water you use. Beyond that, keeping your home in tip-top shape, and investing in water efficient appliances and fixtures, can help put you over the top. Here are some concrete ways that you can reduce water use in your home . . .
- Turn off the water when you don’t need it! Letting the water run while you brush your teeth wastes as much as 4 gallons of water per minute! By turning the water off while you brush a family of four can save up to 200 gallons of water per week! Same goes for when you shave, wash the dishes, or soap up your hands!
- Take shorter showers. Showers use about 10 gallons of water per minute. By cutting your shower from 15 minutes to 10 minutes you save 50 gallons of water per day, 1200 gallons of water per week, and almost 6,000 gallons of water per month. Master a five minute shower and you just doubled those numbers!
- Taking short showers rather than baths can save as much as 60 gallons per session!
- Keep a bottle of water in the fridge. Running tap water until the water gets cold wastes thousands of gallons of water every year!
- Scrape rather than rinse dishes, and compost food waste rather than use your garbage disposal.
- Only run your dishwasher and clothes washer when you have full loads. You’ll save hundreds of gallons of water every year, and you’ll reduce your energy costs as well.
- Fix leaky faucets and toilets. As noted earlier, leaky faucets can waste up to 300 gallons of water in a single day, and cost you hundreds of dollars in water every year that you never get a chance to use. Most leaks are fairly simple to fix, and you’ll make back whatever you invest in repairs in short order.
- Upgrading to a water efficient toilet, or dual flush toilets, instantly will reduce your water usage by several gallons per flush. Add that up over the course of the day for a family of four and you’re talking big water savings.
- Upgrading to a water efficient shower head can reduce water usage by as much as 750 gallons per month. Same goes for water efficient faucets and water saving aerators.