Whether water prices have skyrocketed due to droughts in your area or you just want to help the environment, conserving H20 can save you dough. Follow the tips below to save both water and your hard-earned cash. As a bonus, you could even end up saving money on your sewer bill, which is often based directly on your water usage.
Install New Water-Efficient Toilets
Toilets use more water in your home than anything else, coming in at nearly 27% of total water use, according to a study by the American Water Works Association Research Foundation.
One way to reduce this cost is to replace your old toilets with new WaterSense toilets. WaterSense products are at least twenty percent more water-efficient and perform the same or better than standard models. The WaterSense label is applied to products that meet the requirements as set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They are certified to meet these specifications by an EPA licensed certifying body.
For example, old toilets use anywhere from three and a half to seven gallons of water per flush, while new WaterSense-labeled toilets only use about one and a quarter gallons of water or less per flush. You can save at least two and a quarter gallons per flush.
Purchase a High-Efficiency Clothes Washer
Clothes washers consume the second-highest amount of water within your home at nearly 22%. Older washers can use significantly more water than the new high-efficiency washers, which typically use 27 gallons of water or less per load. That is a saving of up to 50% over some old washers that use as much as 54 gallons of water per load.
Newer washers remove more water from clothes during the spin cycle, so it will help your clothes dry faster and save electricity at the same time.
Install Low-Flow Shower Heads
Showers come in at the number three spot in terms of total water usage at nearly 17%. To reduce your total shower water usage, consider replacing your standard showerhead, which uses about two and a half gallons of water per minute, with a WaterSense-labeled showerhead that only uses two gallons of water per minute or less.
On the surface, this does not seem like it would save a lot of water, but if family members take a ten-minute shower every day, that would save 1,825 gallons of water per person per year. Of course, shortening the length of showers will save even more.
Fix Any Drips or Leaks
Drips and leaks serve no purpose at all, yet they consume nearly 14% of total indoor water use. That’s more than one out of every eight gallons! Do not waste all of that water and money.
Look around your home and identify where you may have any drips or leaks. Hire a plumber, or fix them yourself, and you can eliminate the wasteful cost. You may have a plumbing bill upfront, but you will be saving water and money every month from now on, in addition to any water damage a leak may have caused in the future.
Check Your Sprinkler Heads Monthly
Water is not used only within your home. If you are a property owner, one of the biggest water wasters may be part of your outdoor irrigation system. Watering your lawn is not a problem if you want to keep your grass green. However, wasting water with broken or maladjusted sprinkler heads is a huge problem.
Check your sprinkler heads once a month to ensure that your sprinklers work properly, do not spew geysers of water into the air, and that they do not water your driveway or the road. By fixing these problems, you could save an enormous amount of water and money.
Cover Your Pool
Pools consume more water than you would think due to evaporation. You could easily lose up to 1,000 gallons of water per month as your water disappears into thin air.
In order to minimize this loss, cover your pool when you are not using it. Additionally, if you use a solar cover, you can raise the temperature of your pool at the same time and lower the expense of heating your pool in the cooler months of the year. If you don’t have a pool, think of all the water you’re saving already!
As you can see, there are many ways to conserve water. If you find your grass a little browner or your showers a trifle shorter than you would like, console yourself with the thought that you’re saving money and helping to save the world.