When taking on home improvements, more and more people are making environmentally responsible choices that can conserve natural resources and also save them money in the long run. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), an average American family of four can use 400 gallons of water every day, and the majority of that water is used indoors. There are many simple options available to help conserve water around your home. Here are a few easy tips to get you started.
Fix plumbing leaks: drips and leaks can add up to gallons and gallons of wasted water; in fact a drip of one leak per second can add up to 2400 gallons lost over a year. Imagine how much would be lost if you had dripping faucets, running toilets and a leaky irrigation system. Have a professional plumber check your fixtures and fix the leaks around your home.
Green lifestyle changes: reducing the water you use in your home every day by making a few easy changes will really add up. Take shorter showers, turn the water off when brushing your teeth, washing your hands, shaving or washing the dishes.
Choose low-flow: if you’re taking on a bathroom renovation it’s easy to make a few upgrades to your plumbing fixtures. When choosing your fixtures, look for WaterSense labeled products and opt for dual flush or low-flow toilets, low flow showerheads and faucets. There are also easy-to-install and inexpensive faucet aerators or water-flow reducer attachments and showerheads available at hardware stores. Your local water authority may provide rebates for replacing old plumbing fixtures. It’s worth looking into.
Appliances: Only run the dishwasher and washing machines when they are full and use the appropriate water level settings. When buying new appliances, look for WaterSense labeled products that use less water and energy. Some of today’s new washers use half the water and energy as their older counterparts.
Outdoor uses: Water plants with water caught in a rain barrel. Water your lawn in the evening to lessen evaporation and use a soaker hose instead of a sprinkler. If it’s practical you can have a plumber or landscaping professional install an irrigation system for you.
By simply making a few changes, you will reduce your water consumption, help the environment and save money. It’s a win-win situation!
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