Using water in your home is inescapable. We use water for everything from lawn care and gardening to washing our clothes, dishes, and even ourselves. While using water in your day to day activities may be unavoidable, reducing your water consumption is possible. By reducing the amount of water used in these activities, you are not only conserving water, but you are also doing yourself a huge favor that you will realize when the water bill arrives. Here are some tips to help reduce water usage in your home:
10 Minute Showers or Less!
You've probably heard this one before, but that's because it works! Taking shorter showers means using less water. Shower's typically run at 1 gallon per minute or more so every minute counts! Showering drives almost 17% of a family's home water use, with the average American family using some 40 gallons of water per day in the shower. The solution is simply, the less water you use means a less costly water bill for your home, so try and keep showers under 10 minutes!
To learn more about how you can prevent your shower from wasting large amounts of energy and water, check out this article from the Washington Post.
Turn Off The Tap
Take a tip from an Olympian who is no stranger to water!
Essentially, while you are brushing your teeth and do not need the water, turn off the tap. A similar tip can be applied to shaving as well. If you are not using the water directly, turn it off until you need it again. By doing this, you can save around 200 gallons a month!
Full Loads Only!
This tip applies to both your dishwasher and your washing machine! Try to avoid doing partial loads every so often, and instead, wash bigger loads less often. By reducing the amount of times you run your dishwasher or washing machine, you are reducing your water consumption as well.
Washing Dishes By Hand?
If you wash your dishes by hand instead of using a dishwasher, be sure to fill your sink with water before you start. Use this water to wash the dishes for as long as you can before replacing it with cleaner water. Filling the sink uses less water than continuously running the tap while you wash the dishes.
Let it Rain!
Paying careful attention to the weather is another good way to save both water and money. If the forecast calls for rain, give your sprinklers a break and let Mother Nature take care of your landscaping for you!
You can also install a system to capture rainwater or reuse grey water. Grey water is the relatively clean waste water from baths, sinks, washing machines, and other kitchen appliances. Check out this website to learn more about rainwater harvesting and its benefits.
Use a Broom Instead of a Hose
When trying to clean up outdoor spaces for guests, or simply clearing debris off your sidewalk, homeowners often use a hose to wipe down the space. A great alternative to this involves using a broom to wipe down the space instead. This habit can save 150 gallons or more each time you choose a broom over the hose.
Defrost Over Night
Instead of using running water to defrost foods, plan ahead. By planning ahead, you can leave food to defrost overnight or during the day while you work. Allowing food to defrost over time will save you a lot of water!
To learn more about how to safely defrost food without using excessive amounts of water, check out this USDA article.
Check For Leaks!
Be sure there are no unnoticed leaks in your home! Check all faucets, pipes, and toilets for potential leaks. Look for wet spots, mold and mildew, and discoloration around your home, as those are common signs of a water leak. An unnoticed water leak can not only frustrate you, but it can also cost you significantly more when you get your water bill.
Don't Let Leaks Go Unnoticed
Water Hero's leak detection system can help protect your home from both damaging and non-damaging water leaks. This means that a Water Hero can detect the some of the smallest leaks, before they become bigger problems.
Water Hero allows the user to preset water flow thresholds, and receive alerts when water flow is above that threshold. When alerted, the user can turn off their water remotely on their cell phone or computer, or Water Hero can automatically turn your water off. To learn more about how Water Hero can help stop pesky water leaks in their tracks, please visit our website.