The average American home uses more than 300 gallons of water per day, and about 75% of that is for indoor uses, like laundry and showering. Whether you are on a public water source or private well, conserving water not only saves you money, but also helps protect the environment. It takes energy to treat and deliver water to homes, and heating water can be as much as 25% of your electric bill. Using less energy also helps the environment since energy production often uses fossil fuels.
Fortunately, conserving water is relatively simple and we all can start with some common sense practices:
- Use high efficiency appliances and fixtures like front loading clothes washers, low flow faucets, and low-flush toilets, to reduce the water volume entering sewer or septic systems.
- Check for and fix leaks. Leaking toilets and plumbing fixtures can account for 12% of daily water use.
- Limit water use by taking shorter showers, turning off water when brushing teeth, and fully loading appliances (dishwashers, laundry machines and dryers).
- Fill your sink or use a basin to wash dishes rather than running water continuously.
- Consider landscaping that naturally requires less water.
- Use mulch around landscaping to reduce evaporation.
- Only water lawn once per week and no more than one inch of water (use a can to collect water and measure time it takes to get an inch).
- Collect rainfall with a rain barrel to water landscaping.
- Use a bucket of water to wash your car or use a commercial car washing facility.
- Clean driveways and sidewalks with a broom rather than washing.
These easy to do practices do make a difference to your wallet and to the environment around you.