EASY TIPS TO REDUCE YOUR WATER CONSUMPTION
Fix the Toilet
One the most common areas for households to have water loss is a leaky toilet. U.S. News reports that the average household can leak more than 10,000 gallons of water per year. The biggest culprit is the toilet, where leaks are more common because of frequent use. You’ll usually hear it if your toilet is constantly running. A plumber will be able to spot less obvious leaks. A worn-out pipe or broken O-ring could be adding gallons to your water bill. Have your pipes examined annually to prevent more serious problems.
Install a low flow toilet
Low flow toilets use 1 to 2 gallons per flush instead of the usual 3 to 5 gallons. Replacing an 18 liter per flush toilet with an ultra-low volume (ULV) 6 liter flush model represents a 70% savings in water flushed and will cut indoor water use by about 30%
Small Laundry Loads
With clothes washers, avoid the permanent press cycle, which uses an added 20 liters (5 gallons) for the extra rinse. For partial loads, adjust water levels to match the size of the load. Replace old clothes washers. New Energy Star rated washers use 35 – 50% less water and 50% less energy per load. If you’re in the market for a new clothes washer, consider buying a water-saving frontload washer.
Shorten your Shower Time & Install a low flow shower head
Showers constantly contribute to our water crisis. The average 4-minute shower with an old head uses 20 – 40 gallons of water. Replace it with a low-flow shower head and you can cut that down to 10 -20 gallons. Another way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower after soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse.
Turn off the Water when brushing your teeth
There is no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.
Run the Dishwasher with a Full Load
Automatic dishwashers should be fully loaded for optimum water conservation. Most makers of dishwashing soap recommend not pre-rinsing dishes which is a big water savings.
Turn water faucet off tight
If your faucet still drips than the washers may be need to be replaced or even the faucet itself. A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons. All household faucets should be fit with aerators.
Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables
Just rinse them in a stoppered sink or a pan of clean water. Use a dual-setting aerator.
When you hand wash your dishes put water in the sink
If you have a double-basin, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have a single-basin sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a pan full of hot water. Dual-swivel aerators are available to make this easier.
Water Conservation Summary
Taking measures at home to conserve water not only saves you money, it also is of benefit to the greater community.
Saving water at home does not require any significant cost outlay. The bulk of water saving methods can be achieved at little cost. For example, 75% of water used indoors is in the bathroom, and 25% of this is for the toilet. The average toilet uses 4 gallons per flush (gpf). You can invest in a ULF (ultra-low flush) toilet which will use only 1.28 – 1.6 gpf. Using simple methods like low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators you can retrofit your home to save water.
By using water-saving features you can reduce your in-home water use by 35%. This means the average household, which uses 130,000 gallons per year, could save 44,000 gallons of water per year. On a daily basis, the average household, using 350 gallons per day, could save 125 gallons of water per day. The average individual, currently using 70 gallons per day, could save 25 gallons of water per day.
Water conservation at home is one of the easiest measures to put in place, and saving water should become part of everyday family practice.