Water Conservation

Water Conservation Adds Up

Did you know that wasteful habits may cost you 100 gallons of water per person per day?

The average American family wastes 8% of all home water use through leaks. Repairing these leaks and installing water conservation devices is a guaranteed way to save hundreds of dollars per year. There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with YOU!

Fix All Leaks: Leaky faucets and pipes are big money wasters.  A leaky faucet can waste as much as 100,000 gallons or $877 a year! Check out EPA’s Water Sense Program for step by step directions on how to check for and fix leaks in your home: www.epa.gov/watersense

Faucets & Appliances: Take showers instead of baths and save 37 gallons of water a day. Keep your shower under 5 minutes and save up to 1000 gallons a month.  Install a low flow showerhead and save up to $90 a year. Install faucet aerators. Each aerator can save almost $80 a year for a family of four.

Here are helpful step by step directions on how to install an aerator in your kitchen and bathrooms: www.savingwater.org/Indoors/Faucets/
Turn off the water while you brush your teeth or shave. You’ll save 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full. This habit will save 1,000 gallons a month.
Choose a front loading model when replacing your washing machine and save up to 20 gallons per load.

Toilet tips: If your toilet runs constantly, that’s money down the drain. Fix it and save at least $100 a year! A common reason why toilets will leak is an old or wornout toilet flapper. Consult your local hardware store, home improvement retailer, or licensed plumber to make sure your toilet is working properly. Here is a step by step resource on how to fix a leaky toilet: www.conserveh2o.org/

Replace your toilet with a WaterSense toilet. Older, inefficient toilets that use as much as 6 gallons per flush are the largest source of wasted water in many homes. Recent advancements have allowed toilets to use 1.28 gallons per flush or less while still providing equal or superior performance.
Check out dual flushing toilets or a toilet with a WaterSense label http://www.ecooptions.homedepot.com/water-conservation/toilets/
Install a toilet dam. This is a quick and inexpensive way to save water with your existing toilet. Visit any hardware store to purchase a toilet dam.

Save Outdoors Too: Residential outdoor water use in the U.S. accounts for more than 9 billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation. As much as 50% of this water is wasted due to overwatering caused by inefficiencies in irrigation methods for watering lawns and gardens. Irrigation control technologies can significantly reduce overwatering by applying water only when plants need it.  Here are some tips to make your irrigation systems more efficient: www.epa.gov/watersense/products/controltech.html Install a rain barrel and use rainwater from your roof for many purposes:  watering your garden, washing your car and other chores and save more than 1,300 gallons of water during peak summer months. For more information on water efficiency products for residential outdoor use, visit:  www.wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/water-saving-products/ 

Tips for the Kids! Teaching children to conserve water is a great way to save money while instilling good, eco-friendly habits at a young age. When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather with soap.Make sure to turn faucets off tightly after each use to prevent unnecessary running water. For more tips on how to teach kids to be water conscious, visit: wateruseitwisely.com/tips/category/kids/page/3/ and http://www.improvenet.com/a/kids-ideas-for-conserving-water-at-home (Credit to Girl Scout Troop 40 for this resource!)

Make water conservation a habit! Here’s how: Sign up for the EPA WaterSense Pledge where you can keep a monthly checklist  to help up you take the simple steps to save water for yourself, your family and for future generations: www.epa.gov/watersense/pledge