Water Conservation Tips for Your Home
How You Can Save Water in the Bathroom
The place where the most water gets used is probably your bathroom, so any conservation steps you take will have to start there. Some measures will be trickier than others to put into practice, but the great news is that living green can help you save big on your water bills. So here are some water conservation tips you can implement in your bathroom today!
In the Shower
First off, showers are better than baths when it comes to conserving water. The EPA estimates that you could save 60 gallons of water every time you choose to shower instead of taking a bath. If you shower, you can also employ these tips:
- Replace a showerhead if it was made pre-1993, that way you can install a model that will limit the stream to around 2.5 gallons a minute (gpm). It takes about twenty bucks to slash your water use by 50 percent!
- Install a showerhead that has a dual-control lever. This way you can slow the water when applying shampoo or soap.
- As you wait for the water to heat up, you could place a bucket under the faucet, then use the water on your garden so that it doesn’t go to waste.
If you are feeling particularly ambitious, you could maintain a shower time of around five minutes to see even more water (and water bill) savings.
When You Purchase a Toilet
Whether it is for a replacement, a new place, or in addition, if you need to buy a toilet, you should look into the water-saving benefits of various models. At the very least, you’ll want a toilet that was made after 1993, which will use less water per flush. Beyond that, you could even get a dual-flush toilet, where a button on the left will use 0.9 gallons per flush, and a button the left will use 1.6 gallons per flush.
At the Sink
Relatively speaking, your sink does not utilize that much water, but water conservation can still happen here. It can be as simple as switching the water off while soaping hands and brushing teeth before you rinse. This could save three or four times the water you would use if you simply let the water run the whole time.
Interested in finding more water conservation tips? Need to replace inefficient plumbing, install a fixture, or select more efficient appliances? Do you need emergency help to diagnose and repair a leak?
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