10 Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home

Conserving water is important for a number of reasons and is completely achievable at home. Water conservation cuts down consumer energy bills to save money as well as reducing energy consumption and pollution coming from water suppliers and wastewater treatment facilities. In general, leaving water in the ecosystem it resides in lessens the possibility for contamination. Here are 10 ways to make a difference in your own home.

Bathroom:

1. Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth; water pours out of the average faucet at the rate of 2.5 gallons a minute. Turning off the faucet until it’s time to rinse can reduce wasting excess water

2. Don't flush the toilet if it's not necessary. In most households, the toilet uses the most water out of all the water-intensive fixtures, by not flushing after going #1 can save plenty of water.

3. Fix any leaks; leaks can contribute to a large portion of home water usage. By repairing any leaky faucets, toilets, or pipes you can save hundreds of gallons of water a year.

  Household water usage statistics. Photo from the U.S. EPA

Household water usage statistics. Photo from the U.S. EPA

4. Reduce your shower time, most shower heads spray 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Cutting down your showers by just two minutes can eliminate 5 gallons of water per shower.

5. Choose energy-efficient appliances and fixtures. Energy-efficient fixtures save thousands of gallons of water annually and drastically reduce utility costs.

6. Skip showers whenever possible, nothing cuts down water usage like not using any at all.

Kitchen:

7. Don’t run the dishwasher until it is fully loaded to reduce the number of washings, also opt for using the dishwasher rather than hand washing to save resources.

8. If you have to hand wash your dishes, fill up the sink instead of letting the water run while you scrub.

Outdoors:

9. Choose plants and ground coverings wisely by planting varieties that don’t require plenty of water to thrive. Planting drought-resistant species can be less maintenance and use less irrigation.

10. Install a rain barrel outdoors. Harvested rainwater can be used for washing cars, watering plants, and reducing flooding in your home.

Overall, conserving water isn’t about doing everything, it’s about doing little things that work for you and will make an exceptional difference in the long run. Conserving resources does not only benefit consumers, but also the facilities and environments that interact with the water along every step of the way.

 

Marissa Rollman