Water-efficient appliances can save thousands of gallons of water, but there are cheaper ways to start conserving water today!
Check for Leaks
- Try food coloring in the toilet to see if any of the colored water has migrated to the bowl without being flushed, indicating that it probably needs a new flapper.
- Check your water meter reading. When you’ll be out of the house for at least 2 hours, check the meter readings before you leave and when you return. If there is any change in the reading while you are gone, you have a leak. Make sure you don’t leave the dishwasher or washing machine running.
- Check all sink and tub faucets for drips. Faucets that drip at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water each year. (Source: EPA’s WaterSense site.)
Make Your Bathroom Fixtures Water Efficient
- You could upgrade to a water-efficient toilet (and you might get a rebate to do so) or you can place plastic bottles in the tank of your old toilet. Fill plastic drink bottles with sand and water to displace water in the tank. If you displace 40 ounces of water, you save 1/3 gallon with each flush. Even a toilet that is flushed only three times a day will save 350 gallons per year.
- Install aerators on faucets and use water-efficient showerheads to reduce household water use by 25 to 60 percent.
Don’t Let the Water Run
- Turning off the water while you brush your teeth can save 8 gallons of water per day, which is 240 gallons a month or 2,816 gallons per year. (Source: EPA’s WaterSense site.)
- Turn off the water while you shave.
- Don’t thaw meat under running water.
- Don’t run the water to get cold water to drink. Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge or let the ice cool your water.
- Limit how often you use the garbage disposal.
- Wash fruits and veggies in a bowl of water rather than under running water.
More simple suggestions to conserve water:
- Take showers, not baths
- Take shorter showers
- Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when you have full loads
- Turn off the second rinse on the washing machine
- Don’t pre-rinse dishes if you don’t have to
- Use the trash can, not the toilet, to dispose of tissues, bugs and whatnot
Implement a few of these water-saving tips and compare next month’s water bill to this month’s. Not only are you going green, but you’ll be saving on your utilities costs, too!