Ways To Start Saving Money By Conserving Water Both Inside & Out
Ways To Save Money By Conserving Water
Did you know the average American household uses 300 gallons of water a day? Which, over the course of a year, is equal to over 208,000 2 liter bottles of soda! It is no wonder homeowners are constantly looking for ways to cut back on their water usage. Not only is this a great way to assist in conservation, it is also a great way to save some money!
Below we will look at a few quick and simple ways to save money by conserving water.
Ways To Conserve Water Inside
Find & Fix Potential Leaks
Water leaks are not only a waste of money but can be a pain to have fixed. The reason being is that many times the leak is so small that if you don't know what you're looking for it can be difficult to find. So take a few extra minutes once in a while and look around your home for any water leaks. Even a small leak, over time, can start to add up in terms of water usage.
Save Water In The Bathroom
As most people can probably guess, the majority of household water consumption is done in the bathroom. When one considers the toilet, teeth brushing, shaving, showering and bathing, it is easy to see the meter tick upwards. Here are some ways to save water in the bathroom:
Take shorter showers
Why wastewater when you can just take a shorter shower? Cutting back on your daily shower will help conserve water, which in turn saves you money. As an added bonus taking shorter showers helps keep natural oils in your skin so your skin looks healthy and glowing.
Switch to a water-conserving showerhead
Another easy way to conserve water is by the simple step of switching out your shower head. With today's technology, there are many types of water-conserving showerheads that you can attach to your existing shower pipe. A water-conserving showerhead will reduce the amount of water expelled. While it may take a day or two to get used to, you will notice savings on your water bill.
Turn off the water when brushing your teeth
Most people don't think about this one. Every time you turn on water when brushing your teeth, faucets can waste up to 6 gallons of water. So take the opportunity every time you brush your teeth to turn off the water and conserve some money.
Install a low-flow or low-flush toilet
The toilet is one of the largest users of water in most people's homes. On average a person will flush their toilet five times a day which can translate to anywhere from 65 to 100 gallons of water. Factor in that many households have multiple people, that is a substantial amount of water, and money, literally going down the drain.
By installing a low-flow or low-flush toilet, you can reduce the amount of water used by 20 to 60%. Adding up the amount of water conserved in the year will also make a big dent in your water bill.
Don’t Waste Water In The Kitchen
The kitchen is another area where water is used, many times in excess. Try these options to reduce your kitchen water consumption.
Scrape, don't rinse
Many people feel the need to pre-rinse their dishes before loading them in the dishwasher. Unless heavily baked-on, most dishes can simply be scraped and loaded without having to run them under the faucet.
Opt for the light cycle
Did you know that appliance experts recommend using the light cycle on your dishwasher as it conserves water and does an equally as effective cleaning job as regular? Just this switch alone can reduce water usage by nearly 55% a cycle. Don't forget to only run your dishwasher when it is full!
Save Water in the Laundry Room
The average load of laundry will use just under 20 gallons of water. With the average American household running 5 to 6 loads of laundry a week, that translates to 5,605 gallons of water a year. If you are looking for ways to reduce that number, you could try:
Do larger laundry loads
Unless it's important, try not to do smaller loads of laundry. Doing larger loads of laundry is way more efficient and will save on water, energy, and time. As an added way to save money, use cold water instead of hot in order to cut down on energy costs as well.
Buy an ENERGY STAR certified washing machine
On average, an ENERGY STAR certified washing machine will only use 14 gallons of water. While this may not seem like a big difference initially, that can work out to be a savings of over 1,500 gallons of water a year.
Ways To Conserve Outside
It may be true that the majority of your daily water consumption is done indoors, however, Americans still use a substantial amount of water for their properties as well. Anywhere from 30 to 60% of domestic drinking water in the states is used for yard watering!
Water the lawn with care
If you are someone who is prone to watering their lawn frequently during the summer months, this may be one of the best ways you can save water and money. Only watering during appropriate times (i.e. in the morning, when there is low wind, not after heavy rainfall) will make sure the water you do use will not be wasted by evaporation or runoff.
Some people may not know that there are now smart irrigation systems. As the name implies, these automated systems can control your watering based on weather conditions and the changing needs of your lawn. Not only will you save water, but it will help cut down on the effort required to maintain a beautiful green yard.
Additional Tip: There are many ways to “go green” when it comes to lawn care. An easy one is to simply recycle grass clippings!
Install a rain barrel for water lawn and plants
A rain barrel is a great way to cut back on your water consumption. Rain barrels are designed to collect rainwater, which can then later be used to water plants and even your grass. Depending on where you live, rain barrels can fill up quickly and many have convenient nozzles for you to fill up water cans. Best of all? The water collected is completely free!
Prevent water use for other outdoor chores
If you are serious about water conservation, avoiding the use of water for certain things will definitely reduce your usage. Or, take advantage of mother nature when available. For example, if you need to clean off a used tarp and know it will be raining soon, try putting it on the clothesline and let nature take care of the task!
If you are wanting to wash your car, try visiting a local car wash where water is recycled vs. using clean water straight from your house that will just make its way into the sewers.
The average American household spends over $1,000 a year on their water bill alone. According to the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency), by implementing some changes, families can save over 30%!
Also keep in mind, that even though some changes may cost more initially, such as upgrading appliances, these will be great selling features when it is time to sell your home.
With a little effort and creativity, you can find many ways to save money by conserving water. As stated, every little bit helps. So start checking your faucets for leaks, taking shorter showers and turning off the water while brushing your teeth. Who knows, maybe you'll even help save the planet in the process!