15 Ways To Save
15 Easy Ways to Decrease Your Water Use By 20 Percent
Water is an essential part of our daily lives. From the moment we get up in the morning, we depend on potable water for our coffee, shower, and when brushing our teeth and shaving, yet only one percent of Earth’s water is potable. According to the US Geological Survey, the average person uses between 80 to100 gallons of water per day at home. An estimated 30 percent of household water is used outdoors, says the US Environmental Protection Agency. During the 20th century, the world’s population tripled, while water use increased at twice that rate. Urbanization has stressed groundwater supplies, causing many municipalities unprecedented drought conditions. Conserving as much fresh water as we can now ensures clean, accessible water in the future.
Here are 15 tips for simple, stress-free water conservation. Select what works for you, aiming for a 20 percent reduction, or 18 gallons per day.
1. Turning the water off when brushing your teeth or shaving saves an average of 10 gallons every time.
2. Only run the laundry when you have a full load. Every load uses between 15-45 gallons of water.
3. The same goes for the dishwasher. Only run it when it’s full. Every load uses between 5-15 gallons of water.
4. Using a water repurposing kit like Water Grab to capture water lost while waiting for the shower to warm up saves an average of 2-2.5 gallons of water, per person, per shower.
5. If you have a leaky toilet, it’s impacting your water bill. A leaky toilet wastes 30-50 gallons of water, per day. Get it fixed.
6. Avoid using your toilet as a trash can. Every time you flush a facial tissue or small item, an average of 5-7 gallons are wasted.
7. Installing low flow fixtures on all water supplies can save 1.2 gallons, per person, per fixture used, per day.
8. Fill one of the containers included in a Water Grab starter kit with fresh water collected from your shower and place it in your fridge to drink. Waiting for the cold tap to run cold before filling your glass wastes as much as 1 gallon of water.
9. Water your garden with a watering can rather than a hose. Water collected indoors using Water Grab can easily be repurposed outdoors.
10. Sweep your walkway rather than hosing it down. Depending on the diameter, a garden hose can use as much as 9-23 gallons per minute, or 540-1,380 gallons of water per hour. Always use a hose nozzle so water only runs when needed.
11. Install water-saving sprinkler heads, and check to make sure no water lands on concrete. Avoid over-watering your lawn. To test a lawn for proper hydration, step on a patch of grass. If it springs back, it’s adequately watered. Alternatively, consider drought-tolerant plants and landscape.
12. Try a displacement flush. Did you know that if you dump a gallon of water in your toilet, your toilet will flush on its own? Use water collected while waiting for your shower to heat up. A Water Grab can capture over two gallons, offering two flushes and a saving of 10-14 gallons of water.
13. Give your kitchen garbage disposal a break. Disposals use an average of 8 gallons of water per day. Consider starting a compost pile for the garden. Reducing use of the garbage disposal can save 50 to 150 gallons of water per month.
14. A bath uses 25-50 gallons of water; a five-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons. Filling a bath only halfway or less saves an average of 12 gallons.
15. Cutting your shower time from 10 minutes to 5 minutes saves an average of 12.5 gallons per shower, if you’re also using a water-efficient shower head. If you’re feeling inspired, turn off the water while soaping up and washing your hair.
Today, 1 in 9 people lack access to safe, drinkable water, according to Water.org. We can change this, while cutting our water bill at home. Let’s work together to save water.