Whenever you are trying to cut costs, one of the first places you may look at is your utility bill. There are several ways to save on water consumption. On average, Americans use 80-100 gallons of water per day. This number may be staggering, but public use of water makes up only 12.1% of the 322 billion gallons of water used per day in the U.S. We use a lot of water. Using less water is better for your wallet and the environment.
So how can you save on your water consumption?
There isn’t one solution, but we can give you some advice on how to save water at home.
Don’t Flush Money Down the Drain
A survey published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S., or PNAS for short, found that many Americans are unaware of what activity uses the most water in their home. The answer: literally down the toilet. Around 28% of the water used within the household is from toilet flushing.
It’s easy to use too much water. Showering for too long, waiting for water to heat up and using old washing appliances are some of the simple ways we wastefully use water every day.
Tips to Save Water
In the Bathroom
1. Install a low-flow toilet or an adjustable flapper. Older toilets use approximately 3.6 gallons per flush, which results in 18.8 gallons used per person per day. Cut down on their use of water by installing a high-efficiency toilet. If you can’t afford a new commode, adjustable flappers help you to control how much water you use per flush.
2. Check your toilet for leaks. A leaky toilet can lose up to 500 gallons of water a day. If you notice your toilet running for elongated periods, use a dye tablet to check for any leaks.
3. Take shorter showers. Five-minute showers should be your goal. Using a low-flow showerhead, you can reduce your water usage from 37.5 gallons, during a 15-minute shower, to 12.5 gallons. Turning off the water while lathering soap is another way to reduce water usage during a shower.
4. Turn off water while brushing teeth and shaving. Keeping the water turned off while standing at the sink is an easy way to reduce use. The faucet runs 5 gallons of water if you leave the water on while brushing your teeth.
In the Kitchen
5. Use your dishwasher instead of hand-washing dishes. While particular kitchenware and plates need to be hand-washed, you can clean most items in a dishwasher. A high-efficiency dishwasher can wash an entire load with just 6 gallons of water.
6. Scrape scraps into a compost bucket or the trash can. Please avoid using the garbage disposal unless it is necessary.
7. Keep drinking water in the fridge. Using the refrigerator to chill water reduces the amount of water you have to run to get it cold.
The Laundry Room
8. Use a high-efficiency washer. The washing machine is the second-highest water consumer in your house. Installing a high-efficiency washer can help save around 15 gallons of water per load.
The Rest of the House
9. Install faucet aerators. Aerators restrict the flow of water used, without compromising the pressure with an aerator.
10. Check for leaks in every faucet. Hundreds of dollars could be slowly dripping out of your sink or pipes. Regularly inspect your water sources for any potential leaks to avoid losing money in wasted water.