Easy Ways to Save Water at Home
You may want to save water at home because of water shortage concerns or to save money on your water bill. No matter what the motivation is, trying to save water at home is a responsible thing to do.
Some water-saving measures require an investment that will eventually pay for itself, and some are free. In this article, you will find 5 useful tips to help you save water at home.
1. Replace Fixtures With Low-Flow Options
One of the easiest ways to save water at home without thinking about it or having to nag your family is to replace your faucets and showerheads with WaterSense fixtures.
A 10-minute shower with a WaterSense showerhead uses at least 5 gallons less than a standard showerhead, and all that saved water adds up. Switching these fixtures is an affordable solution that your family will not even notice.
2. Be Conscious of Your Habits
By changing your daily hygiene habits, you’ll see a big difference in your water use. Taking shorter showers is an easy habit to get used to. Set a timer to turn a 10-minute shower into a 5-minute shower and you will notice a difference in your water bill.
Pay attention when you are brushing your teeth. Do you leave the water running for the entire time you are brushing? This is an easy habit to break. Encourage your spouse and family members to also be conscious of their habits and you’ll see even more savings on your bill each month.
3. The Toilet Tank Test
Toilet tank leaks are common and usually, the fix is simple. However, it is hard to know if you have one, so it’s a good idea to perform this test once in a while. Drop some food coloring into the toilet tank and wait 15 minutes. If the water in your bowl has changed color it means the toilet tank is leaking into the bowl. This is often fixed by replacing the flapper.
4. Only Run Full Loads
Whether you are running the dishwasher or the clothes washer, you will save water at home if you wait until the machine is full before you run it. Even if you have a smaller load setting, it is more efficient to run appliances with full loads fewer times.
5. Upgrade to Efficient Appliances
When it comes time to replace your water-using appliances, consider that an ENERGY STAR® model may save you so much energy and water that it will pay for itself with savings on bills.
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