Although agriculture and business account for a major portion of water consumption, residential usage is significant. The average American family of four uses approximately 400 gallons of water per day according to the EPA. Here are 11 small ways to save water in the three places you use it the most: the bathroom, kitchen and garden.
Turn Off the Faucets - Never let a faucet run needlessly when you're brushing your teeth or washing the dishes. For example, turn it off as your brushing your teeth. It can save hundreds in gallons of water each month. And be sure to fix any leaky toilets.
Use an Energy Efficient Dishwasher - These models use less water for its cycles.
Use an Energy Efficient Washer - To save on water, invest in an Energy Certified washer. They use up to 40 percent less water than regular washers.
Double Dip Dishes - If you're washing the dishes in the kitchen by hand, consider installing a dual sink. You can use one sink for soaking and one sink for rinsing. According to the EPA, you'll wind up using 50 percent less water with this strategy.
Repurpose the Water - Use every drop of water by repurposing it. For example, when rinsing fruits and veggies, capture the water and deposit it in the garden.
Use Low-Flow - Use low-flow for toilets, showerheads and sink in the bathrooms. For example, switch up a regular showerhead with a Water Sense Certified one.
Take Faster Showers - Shorten the amount of time it takes you to shower. Try to get it down to just five minutes.
Use a Pool Cover - Cover up the outdoor pool with a pool cover to reduce evaporation. It can save the amount of replacement water needed by 30 to 50 percent.
Water the Garden by Hand - Water the outdoor garden using a hose instead of an outdoor irrigation system. This will save up to 33 percent of water.
Get Smart with Irrigation - Replace old watering heads with newer ones that are more efficient. Invest in irrigation systems that only water when needed.
Capture and Use Rainwater - Capture rainwater that flows from gutters and downspouts with a large barrel. Store it and use it for the garden when needed.
To learn more ways to save water, turn to the experts at Stahl Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.