TOP FIVE WAYS YOU’RE WASTING WATER AT HOME AND HOW TO SAVE
OCT 03, 2018
The average Arizona household uses around 100 gallons of water per person each day. If you’re worried about water conservation at home, you’ve probably gotten a high water bill or worse: you have teenagers. Luckily, saving water is easier than ever before. Teaching everyone how to save water combined with water saving appliances can go a long way toward reducing the pain of a high water bill.
Here are the top five ways water is used inside the home and how to save water and $$, too!
5/ Leaks. Yes, leaks. More than 10% of water used in the home can be attributed to leaks. According to the Water Footprint Calculator, one drip per second from a leaky faucet will add up to more than 3,000 gallons of wasted water each year! Now, count the number of faucets in your home, and you’ll see how much you can potentially lose — save water and $$ by repairing leaks quickly.
4/ The washing machine. Older models of washing machines can use up to 40 gallons of water per load. Newer washers use around 25 gallons per load. Waiting for a full load of laundry will also help conserve water and improve efficiency. Water saving appliances like front load washing machines use a lot less water than conventional top-loading machines. Look for Energy Star rated machines – they’ll save water and electricity! Win/win.
3/ Faucets. Running the tap while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face wastes a large amount of water. Turn the tap off while you’re working, and then back on when you need to rinse. Think about updating your faucets. Newer fixtures use around a gallon per minute, while older ones run at nearly 2 gallons per minute.
2/ Showers. Save soaking in the tub for special occasions. Showers use a lot less water than the average bath, but they’re still one of the top ways people can waste water. Install low flow shower heads, and try to limit your shower time to a few minutes at most. Consider turning the water off while you’re lathering, and back on to rinse. Older shower heads can use up to 5 gallons per minute. Low flow shower heads run at around 2 gallons per minute.
1/ Toilets: What year was your home built? Older toilets use up to 4 gallons of water with every flush! If your home was built pre-1993, it’s time to replace the existing toilets with new, water-efficient low-flow toilets. At 1.6 gallons per flush, you’ll save water right away. Repair leaks quickly – a running toilet will quickly add up to a bigger water bill. Remember, indoor water leaks can account for nearly 12 percent of all your indoor water use!
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Link to Water Footprint Calculator: https://www.watercalculator.org/intro/