Make Summer a Season of Savings!
From taking extra long showers to letting the water run as you brush your teeth, the average household uses more than 300 gallons of water a day — according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). And by spending more time at home these days, that number can increase to an even more daunting height, especially during the summer.
However, if you’re looking to save and cut back on your water usage, here are some simple ways to do that.
How to Save Water at Home
Collect Water from a Produce Rinse
Before you’re about to eat some delicious fruits and vegetables, whether they be from the store or your garden, you typically give them a quick rinse in a colander. However, instead of letting that precious water run right down the drain, consider putting your strainer over a bowl or small bucket.
By doing this, any H2O that is rinsed off will be collected beneath the colander and can be repurposed to help water the plants around your home — whether they’re inside or out.
Upgrade Your Toilet
As it's known, your toilet is one of the most essential plumbing features in your home. However, if your “throne” is getting up there in age, now may be the perfect time to consider replacing it with an updated, more efficient model. According to the EPA, older toilets use approximately 6 gallons per flush — that adds up quickly in a single day.
Thanks to modern technology, newer toilet models only use approximately 1.28 gallons per flush (or less). And with the assistance of EPA WaterSense-certified toilets or dual-flush toilets (it lets you control the power of the flush), you’ll cut your water waste in half.
Take Shorter Showers
On average, how long would you say your showers last? Well, if the duration of a single shower is anywhere over five minutes, you may be wasting much more water than you realize.
To help combat this, consider timing your showers with either a kitchen timer or the alarm clock app on your mobile device. You’ll want to set the timer or alarm to precisely five minutes — and once the time is up, shut the water off, step out of the shower, and start to dry off!
Repair Lingering Leaks
Do you have a plumbing leak in your home? While it may seem harmless to ignore it or push that repair appointment off for another day, doing so isn’t the best idea. Household leaks can waste up to 90 gallons of water per day, according to the EPA.
Plus, if a leak isn’t repaired promptly, it could potentially lead to a much larger plumbing problem down the road. So, when in doubt, have that plumbing problem figured out (and repaired) by your plumber as soon as possible!