How to conserve water at home
There are lots of simple solutions to green your home. A big problem that’s sending our good intentions down the drain is how we use water at home every day.
- About 60% of our home use of water takes place in the bathroom.
- An easy way to save water and energy is to install a low flow showerhead. It will not only cut your water usage by up to 20 thousand gallons per year, but it will save you at least 10 percent on the cost of heating your water.
- Low flow toilets are also a great way to save water at home since they use only a third of the water older toilets use.
- Place an aerator on your faucet to cut down on water use. It mixes air bubbles into the stream so you get just as much pressure with a lot less water.
- About 30% of the water we consume at home is used outdoors watering lawns and gardens.
- One way to cut back on home water use outside is to have your car washed at an actual carwash.
- The average professional car wash uses 37 gallons of water for each car, but if you do it yourself at home, odds are you’ll use much more. Most garden hoses spray about 10 gallons per minute, so you’ll use up to 140 gallons of water.
- You could even use a waterless car wash, such as EcoTouch and Lucky Earth. They use as little as a few ounces of water and sometimes no water at all.
There are many simple no-cost ways to practice water conservation in the home. Here are seven ways to save water without spending a dime:
- Turn the water off while brushing your teeth.
- Fill your sink with a little hot water and turn the faucet off while shaving.
- Fill a milk jug with stones and place it in your toilet tank to displace water.
- Fix toilet and faucet leaks immediately.
- Don't use your toilet as a trash can.
- Reduce the time you spend showering by two minutes.
- As you're waiting for your bath water to warm up to the right temperature, save the water to irrigate your lawn and flowerbeds.