Water is the Earth's most precious resource. Did you know that the average American uses 80-100 gallons of water per day for indoor home uses alone? Finding ways to conserve water at home can help preserve our environment while also saving money on utility bills. Learn more below with 10 easy ways to conserve water at home.
1. Install water saving shower heads, faucets and toilets
Showers, baths and toilets are the biggest culprits of water waste in the home. Installing water saving shower heads, faucets and toilets can have a large impact on water savings at home.
2. turn off the faucet when shaving, brushing your teeth, washing hands, etc.
The water doesn't need to run the entire time we do the actions listed above. Wet your face/razor, toothbrush, hands, etc. turn off the faucet, complete your task and then turn the faucet back on to rinse to save water every time.
3. Use timers for watering lawns and garden
Leaving sprinklers or hoses on for watering outdoors can waste large amounts of water, especially if you forget to turn them off after a long period of time. Install timers on sprinklers and irrigation to avoid wasting water while watering.
4. only run the washing machine or dishwasher when you have a full load
If you cannot wait until you have a full load for your washing machine or dishwasher, check your appliance to see if you have a small load or low water use setting.
5. fix any indoor or outdoor leaks
Leaks can be big or small and sometimes unnoticeable especially if outdoors. Make sure to repair leaks to avoid water waste.
6. ditch one-use plastic water bottles
One-use plastic water bottles often get lost, thrown out or forgotten with water still in them. Using a reusable water bottle not only cuts down on plastic waste but water waste as well.
7. take shorter showers and opt for showers instead of baths
Shorter showers use less water than baths if timed properly.
8. Plant drought resistant shrubs and trees
Planting drought resistant shrubs and trees in your yards means you can water your yard less often saving you time and water.
9. Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket
Flushing tissues, floss or other items down the toilet wastes water with every flush. Use a wastebasket for items that can be thrown out instead.
10. Wash your car at your local car wash
Washing your car at home can waste up to 10 gallons of water per minute! That's 100 gallons of water for every 10 minutes you have your hose on. Instead, visit your local car wash and ask them if they use a water recovery system (like PurClean) to help reduce water waste and protect the environment.