Saving water is more important than ever, and these easy water-saving tips can help. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the average American uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water a day. With a little thought and planning, you can reduce that amount and save money over time.
Here are five simple ways you can save water in your home:
Turn Off the Tap
When you brush your teeth or wash your hands, turn off the water until it's time to rinse. Don't leave the water running while you brush your teeth or lather your hands. This is one of the most important water-saving tips. A running faucet uses, on average, one gallon of water per minute. Making this small change can save hundreds of gallons of water a year.
Fix Leaks Immediately
As soon as you know you have a leak, call a plumber and have it repaired. The EPA reports leaks in a single home can waste over 10,000 gallons of water in one year alone. Check your faucets for drips and toilets for leaks. It's possible to have a leak and not know it, "We offer an entire plumbing system inspection to check for leaks. A single leak can add up to gallons of wasted water every day and can raise your water bill significantly."
Only Wash Full Loads
When you use your washing machine or dishwasher, be sure it is fully loaded. Washing multiple smaller loads of clothes or dishes wastes water each time. If you must wash smaller loads of clothes, be sure to adjust the water level to the size of the load. Newer dishwashers generally do not require rinsing dishes prior to loading them. Eliminating this step can save gallons of water each day, as well.
Use Rainwater for Outdoor Landscaping
Collecting rainwater has been a common practice throughout history. Placing rain barrels at one or more downspouts of your gutters is an easy way to save rainwater. This water can then be used to water plants during dry weeks or in place of watering from the hose.
Invest in Water-Efficient Fixtures and Appliances
Using low-flow faucets and shower heads, water-saving toilets and high-efficiency appliances can save thousands of gallons of water and hundreds of dollars a year. When replacing fixtures or appliances, look for the EPA WaterSense logo. This label indicates the product meets the EPA standards for water efficiency.
Saving water is simpler than you might think. Just a few small household changes can add up to big savings in water and cash. For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.