According to statistics, the average family uses about 300 gallons of water per day and most of that use occurs indoors. What’s more is that a large amount of this water is wasted, and simply flushed down the drain. So why not reduce some of this consumption by saving water at home? Here are a few creative money saving tricks to help you conserve water and protect this precious natural resource.
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#1 Address leaks
One of the first places to start when it comes to saving water at home is to address any existing leaks that are present. From simple leaks underneath the kitchen sink to more complex home repair problems that you may not even be aware of, small leaks can amount to big costs and are a drain on one of Earth’s most essential resources. If you are concerned about a leak and cannot fix it yourself contact a local plumber or home repair service to address the matter and stop your leaks for good.
#2 Turn off the tap while brushing
Another creative way to save water at home is to turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. When most people brush their teeth they typically leave the faucet running. On average it takes about 2-3 minutes for a thorough brushing, amounting to roughly 12 gallons of water gone down the drain per brush! This is water that could have been conserved instead. Therefore, remember to turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth and potentially save thousands of gallons of water per year from being wasted.
#3 Time your showers
In general, showers use much less water than tub baths, however, you can still be conservative by timing your showers. This is especially true when it comes to older shower heads which may not be energy efficient like modern low flow shower heads. To remedy this, simply reduce the time that you spend in the shower. You can even place a handy timer on the counter so that you do not go over your allotment.
#4 Use a shower bucket
Have you ever considered catching shower water in a bucket and then reusing it? Using a bucket to catch your run-off shower water is a great way to ensure you waste as little water as possible at home. This is water that can be captured and then repurposed for other activities including watering indoor plants, household cleaning, watering a garden or washing your car.
#5 Turn off the garden hose
Cut down on outdoors water consumption as well by giving your garden hose a rest. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 30% of a household’s water is used outdoors, but this percentage can be much higher in arid regions. From washing a car, to watering your garden, to washing your dog, the most creative way to save water in your yard is by turning off your hose and relying on a simple bucket method for your chores instead. The average water hose releases about 9 gallons of water per minute. So why not save this water and fill up one bucket at a time to meet your outdoors water needs?
Water is one of Earth’s most valuable natural resources. Therefore, it is important for everyone to do their part and conserve water at home whenever possible. Reducing water consumption at home will not only protect the planet but it will significantly lower your utility bill and prevent wasted water from going down the drain. Consider any of these creative tips to help you save more water at home today.