Sustainable Living: Conserving Water
Water is often taken for granted, but the truth is, clean, healthy water is not an endless resource. The average family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day, according the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. By making simple changes in your daily routine, you can save money and help preserve water supplies for future generations.
Saving water every day
These no-cost tips can help you save gallons of water each day with hardly a ripple in your
- Check for and repair leaks. Even a small leak can send gallons of water down the drain each day.
- Only run your dishwasher and clothes washer when they are fully loaded.
- If washing dishes by hand, rinse dishes in a sink full of hot water.
- Take shorter showers. A typical shower uses about 2.5 gallons per minute, so less time means less water.
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Sweep your driveway, garage, and porch instead of hosing them off.
- Wash your vehicle using water from a bucket, or use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
- Timing is everything. Water your lawn early in the morning or the evening to reduce water loss through evaporation.
With a little investment in time and money, you can make a bigger splash on your water consumption:
- Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators in your kitchen and bathrooms. These devices use less water than conventional faucets while maintaining a comfortable flow.
- Older toilets use up to 3 gallons of water per flush. Replace these units with new models that use less than 1.6 gallons per flush for a 60 percent savings, or more.
- When replacing your washing machine, choose an ENERGY STAR rated model. ENERGY STAR washing machines use 35 percent less water than conventional units.
- Use “smart” irrigation controls that save water by using local weather data to determine when your sprinkler system needs to turn on.
See the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program for more information about water-saving practices and products.
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