There are many ways to conserve and save on your energy bills. Reduction of water usage is one of them. How many gallons of water would you predict your household uses every day? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American household uses more than 300 gallons of water a day. About 70% of it being indoor usage.
There are some very simple ways to cut down water usage in your home while still being able to live comfortably.
1. Water saving showerhead (Low- Flow Showerhead) – To save up on your bill you can change your showerhead and faucets to water saving versions. Water saving shower heads like the Showerstart Showerhead can help make taking a shower so much cheaper. These showerhead adapters help you to conserve water during each shower. With water saving shower heads you can save up to seven thousand (7,000) gallons of water a year. A faucet Aerator (adapter) will help reduce how much water is flowing out without reducing the water pressure. It can be inexpensive to purchase that is easy to install on your own and save you money in the long run.
2. Using the Dishwasher – If you have one, you actually save more water using the dishwasher than handwashing your dishes. To make sure you’re saving water, only run the dishwasher when it’s full. Just scrape food from the plates and avoid pre-rinses if you can and let the dishwasher do its job.
3. Water off when Brushing – one of the simplest ways to save water, turning the water off while you’re brushing your teeth or even shaving. It may not seem like much but the water that gets wasted while you’re brushing can add up quickly.
4. Upgrade Washing Machine – Upgrade your washer to a high-efficiency washer, those tend to be 3 times as efficient as a regular washing machine according to the US department of Energy. A+ if it has an energy star logo.
5. Check for Leaks – Leaks and drippy faucets can cause you to waste about 15 gallons of water a day. Use your water meter to check for water leaks, monitor the meter before and after 2 hours when no water is being used in the household to make sure it’s reading the same and there is no leaks. If it doesn’t read the same, and there’s a leak, you can check your water pipes, faucets, toilet and washer for leaks.
These are just a few of many ways you can save water and save on your overall energy bill. Every little helps in getting your home more water efficient and puts you on the bath to having an energy efficient household. Check our Facebook and twitter for daily updates and tips on making and keeping your home energy efficient.
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