25 Ways to Save Water, Money, and the Environment
Today, we're going over many different ways to save water, money, and the environment, both large and small. Did you know that the average American family of four uses about 400 gallons of water every day?! That means that each individual uses about 100 gallons a day.
As you can see, your toilet is the biggest water guzzler in your home. Leaks are another significant area of concern. According to the EPA, "a running toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water every day."
25 Ways to Save Water
- Don't let the water run continuously while you are brushing your teeth or washing the dishes. When you need water, turn it on. When you don't, turn it off. You can save 4-5 gallons for every minute that you turn your faucet off!
- Try to take showers in five minutes or less. You can save over 1,000 gallons a month by cutting your shower time.
- Plug the tub before you turn on the water; you can adjust the temperature as you go.
- Check for toilet leaks. You can put a drop of food dye in the toilet tank and if the color shows up in the bowl (without flushing), you have a leak. Click here to learn how to detect and fix a leaking toilet.
- Upgrade your toilet to a more water-friendly WaterSense labeled toilet.
- Replace your older plumbing fixtures with low-flow fixtures and shower-heads. A low-flow showerhead can reduce your water consumption by up to 70%.
- Consider turning off the shower while you are washing your body and hair. Lather with the water off and turn it back on when you are finished to rinse off.
- Don't flush anything down the toilet other than toilet paper and human waste. Each flush uses anywhere between 1 and 7 gallons per flush. Throw the tissue away, don't flush it.
- Check under your sink and around your tub and shower-head for leaks. Repair all leaks immediately.
To learn how to find and read your water meter to detect leaks around your home, read our blog, Fix a Leak: How to Detect Plumbing Leaks.
- Use a basin to soak your dishes.
- If you have a dishwasher, use it. The new, ENERGY STAR machines can do the job better and with less water. Don't pre-wash, just scrape off the food and put the dish in the dishwasher. Consider using a basin to soak your dishes beforehand. You can save more than $40 every year. Try to make each load as full as possible, as with your clothes washer.
- Use and reuse one glass of water throughout the day to cut down on dishwashing.
- Don't use running warm water to defrost your food. Plan ahead and use the refrigerator, or place the item in a basin of warm water.
- Save time and water by cooking your food, like pasta, in less water.
- Don't waste ice cubes in the sink. Use them in your plants instead.
- While rinsing food, keep a container underneath to catch the water. Use this water on your plants as well.
- Check for leaks. Learn how to read your water meter to detect leaks.
- Plant hardy, drought-resistant plants. Avoid plants that require a lot of water.
- Strategically position your sprinkles and irrigation pipes. Sometimes they get moved, so regular checks are important to avoid water being wasted onj sidewalks and down drains.
- Instead of lush, green grass, consider all the other different ways to landscape your property. Take some inspiration from these grassless landscaping ideas from Houzz.
- Water your plants and lawn in the early morning so that the water gets soaked up instead of evaporating.
- Wash your car with a pail of soapy water and rinse it off with the hose when you are done. Don't use the hose to clean.
Top 3 Water Saving Tips:
- Install a tankless hot water heater so that you only have to heat the water when you need it. Tankless units take up less space, last about twice as long, and will save around $80 every year in water heating bills. Read our blog, Tank v. Tankless Water Heaters, to find out more about the advantages of switching to tankless.
- We also repair and install hybrid electric heat pump systems, which combine the best of both storage and tankless water heaters.
- Invest in a low-flow or two-flush toilet to help reduce the biggest water glut in your home. With older toilets, you could be using more than 7 gallons per flush! alow-flow, or two-flush system, uses less than 2 gallons a flush and sometimes as low as just one gallon.
- Find and fix your water leaks. The average home wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water from easily fixable plumbing leaks.