The average American family uses over 300 gallons of water per day. Reducing your water consumption and spending less money on the utility bill only requires a few easy changes. Develop simple new habits to save water at home.
Save Water at Home: Fix Leaks ASAP
A slow drip from a leaky faucet can waste around a gallon of water every day. That adds up quickly and increases your water bill. If you have a leak, don’t wait to fix it. Tighten the faucet handle, replace the O-ring, or call a plumber to take care of it for you.
Turn Off the Tap While Brushing Your Teeth
Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. Then, turn it back on when you’re ready to rinse. It’s a small change, but it can make a big difference in your water bill. Likewise, turn off the tap when shaving. Use the water to moisten your skin, but turn it off until it’s time to rinse.
Reduce Your Shower Time
If everyone in your family shortened their showers by two minutes, you could save hundreds of gallons of water each month. Talk to your family members and encourage them to be mindful of how long they spend in the shower. To reduce water usage without feeling rushed, invest in a low-flow showerhead. Modern showerheads save water while maintaining good pressure.
Use a Dishwasher to Save Water at Home
Many homeowners believe washing dishes by hand won’t use as much water as using a dishwasher. However, modern dishwashing machines use less water than ever, so they’re much more efficient than washing dishes by hand. Plus, they save time. Only run the dishwasher when you have a full load to save energy and water and extend the appliance’s lifespan.
One easy way to reduce your reliance on city water is to collect rainwater and use it for watering plants or washing the car. Install a rain barrel (you can find them at most home improvement stores) at the end of the guttering downspout (the pipe that directs rainwater from your roof). When it’s time to water the garden or lawn, use the rainwater instead of turning on the hose. You’ll save money and conserve a valuable resource.
There are many easy ways to save water around the house. Encourage your family members to develop new habits, so your household can conserve water and reduce the monthly utility bill.