10 Ways to Save Water at Home

How to Save Water In Your Home

Dripping tapWater is a precious resource and is already under significant strain, both here at home and abroad in water-stressed countries and regions like India, Africa, and Australia. Experts predict water shortages to contribute to massive international strife as desperate people fight for their right to clean water. Saving water is therefore in the best interest of humanity and the planet. 

 

 

Our Top Home Water Saving Tips: 

  1. Reduce shower time: Reduce your shower time by 25% and you could save close to $16 every year per person.[2] Ideally, you’d take a shower that’s 5 minutes or shorter. Easiest way to do this is to use a shower time – simple ones cost $10 or less.
  2. Turn off the tap: Whether you’re running the water for a cold drink, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, shaving your legs or face, or washing your face, shut the tap off to minimize waste due to non-use. Since most faucets release between 5 and 6 gallons of water every minute, that’s a lot of waste. Practice shutting it off regularly and you could save up to 5,000 gallons of water every year per person.
  3. Install faucet aerators: These inexpensive little devices slow the flow of water coming out of your taps so that you save even more money. Doing this in the kitchen and all of the bathrooms in your home will conserve 1,700 gallons of water annually.[3]
  4. Shower instead of bathe: The average bath uses 70 gallons of water! Compared to a water-efficient showerhead and a 5 minute stint under the water which will use 25 gallons or less, you save significantly every day by simply showering instead of bathing.[4]
  5. Fix leaks: Your home may be leaking in multiple locations – a dripping tap or showerhead, constantly-running toilet, under the sink, or from water pipes in the basement, wasting up to 10,000 gallons of water annually. Fixing leaks throughout your home can save you 10% or more on your monthly water bill.[5] The WaterSense Guide to Fixing Leaks Around the Home provides all the information you need to stop leaks throughout your home.
  6. Upgrade your dishwasher: Replace your standard issue dishwasher and you could see a 690 gallon or 39% reduction in water  and energy consumption for that appliance every year.[6]
  7. Install a low flow toilet: Replacing a toilet made before 1992 (or any toilet that uses 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf) or more) with a new model that uses 1.28 gallons per flush could reduce your water bill by $90 every year.[7]
  8. Go low flow in the shower: Replace your showerheads throughout your home to save big. A low-flow showerhead with a gpf rating of 1.5 compared to a standard 2.5 gpf showerhead can save you close to $150 annually in water and energy costs.[8]
  9. Launder efficiently: If your washer is 10 years old or older, replace it without a second thought. Purchase a front-loading washing machine to replace your old top-loader and you could save $135 on energy and water bills annually.[9] Front loaders will also cut your water consumption by over 6,000 gallons annually.[10] For more Laundry tips check out our eco-friendly laundry tips
  10. Fix pool leaks: Whether your pool is indoor or out, a pinhole leak can waste 970 gallons of water every single day! Fix it and you will save 360,000 gallons of water every year.[11]

This should hset you on your way to reducing water usage in your home. Our friends at Eartheasy have a large selection of indoor water conservation solutions and retrofits to help you get started.

Check back often as we will be adding additional articles to our water conservation section in the weeks to come. 






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References

[1]  A Clear Blue Future. (n.d.). Retrieved January 22, 2011, from Natural Resources Defense Council: http://www.nrdc.org/water/lid/files/lid_hi.pdf

[2]Power Shower. (n.d.). Retrieved January 22, 2011, from CarbonRally.com: http://www.carbonrally.com/challenges/15-power-showers

[3]  Faucet Water Savings. (n.d.). Retrieved January 22, 2011, from H2ouse: http://www.h2ouse.org/tour/details/element_action_contents.cfm?elementID=1D4BABB7-8E4C-4524-98836EECCC5AEE08&actionID=78FA9A8B-2756-4B2E-88D58A48310FAA76

[4]  Simple Steps to Save Water. (n.d.). Retrieved January 22, 2001, from WaterSense: http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/pubs/simple_steps.html

[5]  Fix a Leak Week March 15 - 21, 2010. (n.d.). Retrieved January 22, 2011, from WaterSense: http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/pubs/fixleak.html

[6]  (Savings Potential)

[7]  What You Can Do. (n.d.). Retrieved January 22, 2011, from WaterSense: http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/water_efficiency/what_you_can_do.html

[8]  Showerheads. (n.d.). Retrieved January 22, 2011, from Flex Your Power: http://www.fypower.org/res/tools/products_results.html?id=100160

[9]  Clothes Washers. (n.d.). Retrieved January 22, 2011, from ENERGY STAR: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.showProductGroup&pgw_code=CW

[10]  Savings Potential. (n.d.). Retrieved January 22, 2011, from City of Salem: http://eartheasy.com/live_frontloadwash.htm

[11] Pool and Spa Leak Detection. (n.d.). Retrieved January 22, 2011, from H2ouse: http://www.h2ouse.org/tour/details/element_action_contents.cfm?elementID=D21ACAE2-1FC4-41D0-BC9A16B993ED790A&actionID=F56F50F2-34E3-4095-9A919C304D945B5F

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