Conserving Water at Home

By: Beth Krietsch Environmental responsibility

Nearly all of us use too much water at home. In fact, the average American goes through nearly 90 gallons each day. According to the EPA, you could save nearly $200 each year by incorporating water saving practices into your lifestyle and equipping your home with water efficient fixtures. Remember that water is a finite resource that demands conservation.

Here’s how to practice responsible water stewardship.

Conserving water in the kitchen

From washing dishes to preparing dinner, kitchen water use is high. Consider the following tips for lowering your impact.

  • Don’t leave the water running—Turn off the faucet when you don’t need it and consider installing a low-flow faucet on your kitchen sink. Some low-flow models flow at 1.5 gallons each minute, compared to five gallons a minute for conventional faucets. That adds up to huge savings over time.
  • Install an aerator on your faucet—This will increase water flow efficiency by 30% or more.
  • Minimize the use of kitchen sink garbage disposal units—These units require a lot of water to operate properly. Instead, start a compost pile as an alternative method of disposing food waste.
  • When you can, use the dishwasher—If run when full, efficient models can use less than 5 gallons of water per load, compared to upwards of 20 gallons for washing by hand.

Conserving water in the bathroom

Bathrooms account for more than 50% of water use in American homes. This is a great place to start if you’re looking to use less. Here are a few ways we recommend conserving water in your bathroom.

The EPA recommends testing for toilet leaks by adding in a few drops of food coloring in the tank. “If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 15 minutes,” the EPA says. Remember to flush the toilet after testing to wash out the food coloring and eliminate the potential for stains.

Consider purchasing a WaterSense certified toilet, which can save you around $100 each year on your water bill while using 20% less water than older and conventional toilet models, according to the EPA.

How to conserve water throughout the home

You’re probably using more water than you need to beyond the kitchen and bathroom. Lower your water bills and help out the environment by taking stock of the following.

Monitor for leaks by checking your house water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter doesn’t show the same levels for both times, you may have a leak. You also may have a leak if you’re using more than 12,000 gallons of water each month.

Conserving water in your lawn and garden

Each day in the United States, around nine billion gallons of water are used for outdoor residential purposes. The average suburban home uses between 30% and 70% of its water for irrigation and other outdoor uses, and much of this water is wasted through wind, evaporation, and overwatering. It’s possible to keep your lawns and gardens looking fresh while also lowering your utility bill. Read on for a few tips.

Plant according to your climate—

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