Simple Steps for Saving Water
Saving water around your home is simple and smart. The average household spends as much as $500 per year on its water and sewer bill, but could save about $170 per year by retrofitting with water efficient fixtures and incorporating water-saving practices.
Saving water just makes sense; it lowers your utility bill, and, more importantly, using less water preserves this limited resource for generations to come.
Here’s what you can do to save water inside the home:
- Consider installing a WaterSense labeled toilet. (WaterSense is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Partnership Program.) It will use 20 percent less water while offering equal or superior performance.
- Check for toilet leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 15 minutes. (Make sure to flush as soon as the test is done since food coloring can stain the tank.)
- Install a WaterSense labeled aerator on your faucet.
- Repair dripping faucets and showerheads. A drip rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.
- A full bathtub can require up to 70 gallons of water, while taking a 5-minute shower uses only 10 to 25 gallons.
- Turning off the tap while you brush your teeth can save 8 gallons per day.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes or lower the water settings for smaller loads.
- Replace your old washing machine with a high-efficiency model which uses up to 50 percent less water and electricity.